It would be so easy to be swallowed up in despair right now as we hear the news of the continued unprecedented times with more countries in lockdown, more deaths, more stranded from home, more jobs lost and people grappling to know how to make ends meet and live creatively in the times that are. There is no denying that we don’t know what tomorrow holds and we do not know how much worse things will get on so many fronts.
As an extravert who is now stuck at home without my usual outings and interactions, I get it. As a tech dummy now leading a global in-depth bible study on zoom, I get it. As the admin girl in our construction business, I get it. As a girl who loves maintaining myself and enjoying the process, I get it. As a girl who’s been too busy and had become reliant on eating out and uber eats, I get it. As a girl who loves my man, but loves standing in the kitchen singing worship songs with abandon, I get it. Most of all as a girl who loves and prays for the well being of all and the salvation of others, I get it. These are not the times we are use to. These are times where adjustments, navigating and being balanced in our approach is required.
In the bible some of my fav words are BUT, YET, AND because it acknowledges a reality while pointing us to a bigger picture. This is the time more than ever we need the BUT.
In no way do I want to diminish the very real hardships, to dilute the confronting times, to belittle your struggles. But there is a desire in me to put the focus on the posture of our hearts. To invite God into the spaces.
Lamentations 3:22-29 “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness. I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear.”
The bible is filled with sound words that bring hope, that anchor, shine the spotlight where it’s right to and allow the posture of our hearts to be less consumed with what we don’t know and more comforted with the things that are promised and are certain. Within the pages is the most epic love story ever, and it’s real. Within the pages are assurances within the bleak, grounding within the unknown, peace in place of worry, thankfulness in place of depression….the offer to choose to focus on the big picture rather than the current state.
People speak of choosing the attitude of gratitude, but it’s so much more hopeful than that. We can choose to see God’s fingerprints, to pray expectantly, to partner with Him in living wisely and purposefully. What is the posture of your heart? Where can you invite our consistently faithful, extravagantly loving, tenderly purposeful God into the reality and see His BUT, YET, AND for you? It’s there, I know it. I’ve experienced it myself over this first week and a half of lockdown in all the adjustments, doubts, disappointments and longings.