God’s creation is being given another opportunity to RESET with this pandemic. This time, we will use our own choice, ingenuity, smartness and intelligence, all that God has given us. We all know there is an end, but there is actually a middle between the beginning (taking our first breath) and the end (taking our last breath.) And, the middle tends to last longer than the beginning or the end.
Let’s not waste our middle! We are in the midst of it, so let’s focus on getting it right with ourselves and each other.
Romans 12:10 – “Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
There is a peaceful, beautiful place for all of us moving in the middle.
Jeremiah 29:14 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
When scouring the internet for Bible passages to help navigate times of uncertainty, this passage from Jeremiah appeared at the top of the list and provided great hope for several reasons.
For one, God never plans or intends for bad things to happen to us. This virus is not God’s punishment. Secondly, this passage gives us hope that there is a future and that His plan for us has not yet been fulfilled. Next, while we may not feel that God is in command in times of uncertainty, He is always in command; we may simply lack the vision and perspective to see the plan, but from a big picture perspective, things are always operating according to His plan.
The temptation during times of turmoil and uncertainty can lead you to completely abandon your routine or use unhealthy coping mechanisms to quell anxiety fear and panic. Practicing self-care is now more critical than ever; however, it doesn’t have to be complicated. We must keep our equilibrium through a morning routine of prayer, meditation and exercise. We’d like to pass along a couple of resources for people who may be trying to work out what self-care means for them:
This crisis will be a test of how well we take care of each other. And that is our prayer for the lesson of this time. Pray that we all learn we are not only surrounded by God’s love and grace, but we are all humbled by the love and support that surrounds us. We wanted to pass along a list of resources that you can use or pass along and be a blessing for someone else:
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