What I've been learning about lately is that I'm good enough, just as I am. In Genesis 3:6, I read that Eve believes a lie about what's to be gotten from something she deep down in her heart, knows isn't good for her. But somehow she thinks she's not good enough. If she just has that one thing, then she'll be complete and happy. And it will be good for her husband too! And if you're well read, you already know how the rest of the story goes. But what a whopper of a lie that was, the lie planted in her heart that she wasn't already good. God said she was. And what a heart breaker, as you read on in Genesis 3 :9. The first recorded question God asks of man in the Bible; "Where are you?" I believe God is still asking that of us today. He's saying, "Where are you? I love you. Accept the offer of My Son and come home to me." God is good and the source of every good thing. We live in a world where there is cruelty and oppression but this world won't last forever. Our souls will. Where do you want to spend eternity? In the presence of a loving God who seeks your presence even today? Or in the presence of the liar who tells you you aren't good enough? The choice is open for everyone to make. You alone are responsible for your eternal destination. 🌻
You may have heard of different acronyms for the word, fear. The one I like best is False Expectations Appearing Real. The Corona virus is real, of course it is. Nothing false about it. The false thing is that everyone is going to die from it. Not true. It's a virus and it's agressive and some people are more at risk than others for developing serious complications. That's true. And it's good that the governent is taking it seriously and that we're looking out for each other. My 90 year old mother-in-law said this reminded her of the situation during World War 2. The difference is that then they could seek comfort and solace by each other. Now we're all told to avoid others. That's a huge difference!
So how to keep a cool head during this time of crisis that we're going through?
Firstly, remember that we're going through it. It won't last forever. Another thing you can do is try to focus on what is staying the same, what's lasting and what's real. Your relationships, for instance. You may not be able to go for a visit, you can send a card, call, e-mail or text each other.
And as a Christian I would also say, focus on God's love for us. No matter what we go through, we're not alone. God is with us. He's not a feeling. Someone who's blind can't see the water in the river, see the green grass or the faces of their loved ones. They can however know that the loved ones are near. We in the same way, can't see God who is a spirit. We can know He's near.
So, in closing: I wish you a calm spirit and a lot of strength in the coming weeks and months!
Psalm 23, verses 1 and 4:
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
And even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.
Walk without F.E.A.R. through the valley of the virus.
The virus won’t last and we are walking through this valley together.