Is anyone out there like me waking up each day with sadness?
Is anyone else feeling discouraged every morning?
Thinking about the empty streets . . . the empty parks . . . the empty calendar.
Thinking about restaurant owners and everyone who’s lost their jobs.
Thinking about universities closed, like Daughter #1’s workplace in Canada, about parents and children, working from home and homeschooling, like Daughter #2 in Japan, and those in close confinement, like Daughter #3 in Spain – not allowed to leave their townhouse for four weeks. And thinking about the healthcare workers caring for the sick, like nurse Daughter #4 will be doing in May when her maternity leave is done.
Thinking about death and what it will be like and if I knew I only had a few weeks to live what would I do differently.
Anyone else out there thinking about these things?
I have no story to share today. But this morning God reminded me of Joni Eareckson Tada, whose life is an amazing story.
The following comes from her website at https://www.joniandfriends.org/a-calming-word-during-the-coronavirus/
I have a deep personal interest in the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, for I am also an individual at great risk – I am an aging quadriplegic with fragile lungs and an immune system which can be easily compromised. But I bolster my confidence with the same assurance we give the people we serve through Joni and Friends: The world belongs to Almighty God, so Christians can be confident in His plan and purposes.
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me… My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” (Isaiah 46:9–10).
There is absolutely no reason to be caught up in the panic or blame.
Oh, I appreciate those words.
God is sovereign.
I can be confident in His plan and purposes.
And I repent of my fear of being blamed for getting sick or infecting others. Also my fears for my family and my fear about the future.
How long, O Lord, will this physical distancing and society shutdown go on? How long will we be living with these challenges, this tension?
When will this outbreak pass? Job would answer,
“I know that [you, O Lord] can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
In the meantime, let us be people of light and hope, sharing Isaiah 46:9-10 with everyone we meet.
The Lord knows I want to be a woman of light and hope, no matter how long this lasts.
Only He can make it so.
Yes, this coronavirus COVID-19 is disconcerting. But as Dr. John Piper writes, “All natural disasters are a thunderclap of divine mercy… calling all people everywhere to repent and realign their lives, by grace, with the infinite worth of the glory of God.”
So, pray fervently, share the good news of God’s mercy, rest in His purposes, wipe all counters and wash your hands frequently!
Okay. I can do this:
Pray (repent and realign) much.
Believe in God’s great mercy, for myself and share it with others. Lord, have mercy!
And rest. Rest my family in His will. Rest today in His purposes. Rest my future in His hands, while I keep washing my own.
Thank you, Joni.
These are the things I want to remember in the mornings.