Stores closed, 'take out' only at restaurants, and no toilet paper. This seems to be our new norm for the near future. The worst part about all this is the millions of people out of work. Many are rightly concerned about their economic situation, and what it will mean for their families.
Worry is something we all do, especially in times like this current world crisis. And, we all respond differently to worry and stress. Some people adapt well, and life just goes on for them, but others experience stress that can lead to depression and other health issues. They feel directionless, and a fear of the future and uncertainty plague their minds and spirits. I recently saw a news article that was talking about how different people deal with the current lockdown and closures. Unfortunately, the article talked about how the purchase of alcohol has increased; as if alcohol consumption will make the problem go away. If you didn't know it already, alcohol is a depressant. While I am not against alcohol as a whole, I am concerned for individuals attempting to feel better based on the effects of a substance...any substance.
So, how can we fend off the temptation to worry and stress over something we cannot stop or fix? The problems of the world can seem like a long, dark corridor. Yet, corridors, like the one pictured above, do have access to light. We simply need to know where the light switch is.
When looking for a way to light up an area, people most often look for a switch on the wall or a curtain to open. Yet, the light we need in the situation we are all in right now is a light that we cannot control. We need to look towards the everlasting light that never extinguishes.
"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
Maybe you would respond with something like this; "Rob, you don't get it. I lost my job, money is running low, kids are driving me crazy, and my spouse and I are arguing all the time." Yes, those are real issues, and many people in our country, and around the world, are facing them too. However, no matter the issue, the answer is still the same. Consider these verses:
“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you." Isaiah 41:13
"Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken." Psalm 55:22
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" Matthew 6:24-25
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7
God is sovereign in all things. He was not caught off guard by this virus, and He is not unaware of the issues you are currently facing. I agree that it can be difficult to cast our burdens onto God. We naturally want to fix the problems ourselves, but many problems are simply out of our hands. And while God does indeed want us to be active in life, He desires that we operate and move within His will for us.
Maybe you do not know what that will for your life is. Perhaps you are struggling to find direction and simply do not know which way to turn next. Have you considered Life Coaching? Follow this link for more information on Life Coaching; it might be what you are looking for in these uncertain times; https://www.sanctuaryretreats.net/life-coaching.
Ladies and gentlemen, this time we are in will pass. One way or another, it will end. Be encouraged, Christ has overcome the world!
"The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace."