Lockdown – a time of renewal
It is my 5th week at home while recuperating from my ½ knee replacement – including one week self-isolation. This is a time for reflection and introspection. Now at least 3 more weeks while we are in lockdown! The question I need to ask is, have I used the past 5 weeks constructively and even more important, how will I use the next 3-4 weeks while in lockdown?
Will I spend my time in front of the TV watching the news and eventually getting more and more depressed, or will I spend the time engaging with my family without any outside interference? Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. WoW!
This morning I have been so encouraged by the Word I have received the past 2 days. It feels as if God is preparing us for something big. A new level of faith and trust.
“Go home, my people, and lock your doors!
Hide yourselves for a little while until the LORD’s anger has passed.”
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
“Do not be afraid…!”
‘We all need faith for desperate days, and the Bible is filled with accounts of such days….Psalm 107 is filled with stories of God’s lavish love. In every story of deliverance, it was humankind coming to the point of desperation that gave God His opportunity to act. Arriving at “their wit’s end” (Ps 107:27) of desperation was the beginning of God’s power.’
‘Remember, our faith did not create our desperate days. Faith’s work is to sustain us through those days and to solve them.’
Streams in the Desert devotional readings March 25.
As I read this devotional and the reference to Ps 107, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a year ago when we too were “at our wit’s end” (just like the sailors in verse 27) due to the poor economy and the answer the Bible gave us in verse 28 “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress.”
We also cried out to the Lord in prayer while at our wit’s end, and He brought us out of our distress. In fact, He gave us more the past year than we could have ever asked or even imagined notwithstanding the extremely poor economic conditions – because He knew what was to come. Blessing us to in turn be a blessing to our staff in a time that the whole world is going into lockdown. (Remember the 7 fat years vs the 7 lean years in Genesis 41?)
Arriving ‘at their wit’s end’ was the beginning of God’s power, yesterday, today and tomorrow. So I will go into this lockdown period with my eyes focused on Jesus and try and deepen my relationship with Him, and with my loved ones. A very precious once-in-a-lifetime period ahead – let me not waste it on frivolous things, depressed and complaining but let me come out of this period transformed…by the renewing of my mind. (Romans 12:2)
“…do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid!”
May God protect and guide you in these troubled times as we continue to fight the good fight.
(1 Timothy 6:12)