In the Mornings

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?

Joni writes:

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.

 

Joni concludes:

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.

 

12 thoughts on “In the Mornings

  1. Yes I might be whining about being distant from my family and friends but I must keep the right perspective. God is in control and He knows exactly what’s going on. I miss my family and being with others but I have my Charlie when some others are totally alone. I pray for all to stay healthy and safe 🙏🏽 Let us all remember to pray for each other and keep a close relationship with our Lord. He is our strength💖

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  2. Well said mom! Thanks!

    On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 5:22 AM Sarah Keeps Growing Down wrote:

    > sarahkeepsgrowingdown posted: “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 the” >

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  3. It’s an exercise in living in the moment, living one day at a time, that’s for sure. ❤️

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  4. Sarah—In addition to our Living Word, I have also read these articles by Joni and John Piper! Thank you for sharing encouragement . . . and may we all reach out by phone to those who aren’t on Facebook/email . . . and need to hear a voice!
    I am so excited each day to see how God will use the coronavirus, earthquakes and locusts in Africa to bring revival to His bride, the church . . . and an awakening to
    the world of the Love of Jesus Christ! We have an opportunity every day to reach out and encourage fellow believers and/or to tell others about the Gospel!
    The Holy Spirit can use each of us if we will pray/repent and turn to Him to Lead us! God certainly gave you a gift of words to encourage and inspire!
    Today is the day that the Lord has made so let us rejoice and be glad in it! Much love to you!❤️🙏✝️

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  5. Hi Sarah

    Yep feeling exactly the same, it’s so incredibly hard isn’t it. How are all the children and grandchildren coping? Probably hardest for Gaby, I don’t know much about the situation in Japan. My mum is still out in Spain living alone at 86, she is showing immense courage, old school type. It’s those that aren’t believers that worries me, but we can only share our hearts with them and pray 🙏
    None of us saw this coming did we, it makes living in Bolivia and for you Ethiopia a walk in the park 😉 what did we ever complain about!

    Praying for protection over all those we have known.

    Love and God bless
    Gill

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    1. Thank you for responding, Gill. This is very hard, I think especially for the young families. Yes, esp for Gaby. They can’t even go outside! And she has another family living with them, 4 adults and 4 kids in a small townhouse. God is helping them stay creative and organized. And we are only at the beginning. Jake and I are mostly staying home, only being with Caris’s family. What about you and Keith? What are you doing to pass the days? Much love, Sarah

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