“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
What is on everyone’s mind today? Just over 2 months ago, March 2020, I found myself like many of you glued to every news outlet. Reports coming from what was happening in China. People getting sick, being rushed to the hospital, emergency rooms filled, and many dying. The numbers growing so fast that medical officials were becoming greatly concerned. President Trump being advised by many of those medical professionals turned to the American people and declare a national emergency and shuts down the country for 2 weeks. He declared with what they knew at that moment “Social Distancing” (A new phrase for our vocabulary) will save the country and so many lives. And so, we began to go into lockdown. Every 1st responder is put on alert with the medical professionals trying their best to discover a vaccine to protect every person from being deathly sick to passing the virus on to others.
I remember thinking at that moment in March when we made the announcement that we will comply and cancel the sanctuary services for 14 days, 2 weeks, 2 Sundays… we can do this, for the safety of everyone we can get through this. It is the least we can do. And then we will come back into the church, into the sanctuary, everybody back together with all cylinders pumping… back to normal. So, we thought. What seemed in those first few days as a moment in time, a speedbump, a hiccup has turned into weeks and months and for many (maybe even us) may go on for even longer. We just do not know. I am pretty sure that those who are gifted and talented and are working hard on a vaccine will discover one and sometime in the near future will share with us and many will be vaccinated and hope will be restored that “this too will pass” and we will get on with our lives. At least that is the plan.
What is it that we know for sure? We do know that there are many things in life that we do not understand. Sure, we might be able to figure out where Covid-19 originated from. We may be able to track how it all got started and how it has spread and how it attacks people from all ages of life. We might be able to discover how it is that some are more at risk than others. Yes, there are those who are smart enough, gifted enough to figure all this out. I got that. I don’t understand why this has to happen in my lifetime, or my kid’s lifetime, or if we have grandkids why them? I don’t understand why I have to stay home if I can social distance myself from others. I can go into stores do my business, keep 6 feet from others, wear my mask and my rubber gloves – get in, get out and be on my merry way. I don’t understand all that!
What is it I do understand? I understand that there is truly One who knows all, is all and does understand what we are dealing with. I know that God has been around a whole lot longer than me and that before time began God was, is and always will be. Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” I know that God is in control and He is sovereign. I know that the bible says, 2 Chronicles 29:11 “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as Head over all.” So, I know that God sees all and that He is here right now for us to trust in Him.
Challenge is – how is it that I can or will “Trust in the Lord with all “my” heart and lean not on “my” own understanding; in all “my” ways submit to Him, and He will make “my” paths straight.” I know that because God created me, I am to trust in Him. That is interesting because trust is something that takes faith. And “without faith it is impossible to please God”, without faith you cannot find peace, without faith you really cannot face Covid-19 with any real sense of hope. Jesus said do not be afraid. Matthew 6:25-34 “Do not worry, God who cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field will care for you.” This is what we need to hear today. Even though I may not understand all things I know I can trust in Him because God will care for me and He will make my pathway straight.
In Him, Your Pastor,