This has been a rough season. We have had a few church members die of COVID-19 and many in the hospital. I get uneasy now anytime I hear someone has gone to the hospital. I so want things to change. I hate that Arizona has had such horrible numbers.
Man, how I wish things were different. But…they are not. One thing is still the same. God is still God and He is good, and He has been in control of our destiny this whole time.
God was in control when the Israelites were slaves. He was still God when Herod called for the killing of male Hebrew babies. God was still God during the slaughter of Jews in WWII and during genocides in Croatia/Serbia and Rwanda.
We do not get to choose our situations. (I wish I could!) We do not get to choose the time period we live in…or that our kids grow up in. (Our daughter, Zoe, has had her entire senior year during COVID-19 so far.) We only get to choose how we react. How we react to other people. How we react to God. Are we are still being the body of Christ. Are we still being Salt and Light to others.
Of course, I would choose the life of Jabez over the life of …say Anne Frank, but that is not my choice.
John Wimber, the late leader of the Vineyard Movement used to say, “We are coins in God’s pockets, and He can spend us however He wants. He can spend us on Bubble Gum, or He can spend us on Caviar.” I would choose to spend myself on a nice Cambozola cheese probably. But…it is not my choice.
So, we press on. We persevere. We choose to move forward with the Lord in the situation He has planted us in, and we try to make the best of it and try also to help others.
Stand firm. God is Faithful.
Hang in there!