Three years ago today, my daughter sent me these words. The world has only gotten scarier but her words are still keep-you-going truth….
Completely and utterly afraid…
Overwhelmed, tired, ready to wake up from this bad dream…
That’s exactly how I feel. I have this knot in my stomach, and this fear, every time I learn something new about this virus.
And I’m not going to try to pretend I have it all together, or that this post will make you feel better…in all honesty, if you feel sometimes like I do, you might even feel like another post, another piece of scripture is like a quick, temporary, “bandaid fix”, only to be torn off after we hear more disheartening news about COVID-19.
That sounds like the opposite of what a Christian should say right now, doesn’t it? But to be honest with you, that’s exactly how I FEEL.
But something that I have long known, and long been taught, is FEELINGS are NOT truth.
Not even a little bit.
But they still feel like the truth.
And so, this is where I offer a simple petition to you….Run to the Truth. Run to the Father.
Now is the time.
And there is no time to waste. He’s not a quick fix and neither is His Word. He is eternal and so is His Word.
All those days of reading your Bible, and praying, and being disciplined, must continue.
See, we’re heading into battle. Not just a physical battle but a very spiritual one.
The enemy thrives in isolation. He is trying to thrive now.
But guess what?? You aren’t isolated. You aren’t alone. You aren’t fighting this battle alone.
In fact, you really aren’t fighting this battle because the only true worthy Warrior is and His Name is Jesus.
Cling to Jesus. He is victorious. He is in control. He is more than enough for every single moment of whatever the days ahead look like.
And one more thing, that seems to be brushed over right now, God is STILL GOOD. He is, and will be, regardless of what the outcome is.
Like I said, this may not make you “feel” better. And that’s okay. But God, He is our truth and peace, so I will leave you with this. The scripture I keep running back to over and over and over again—
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah”
⁃ Psalms 46:1-11
(Written by Abi Jaggers McCollough)