Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Exodus 15: 20-21
So, real talk: I normally write all my blogs in one day and time them so they go out at the perfect time of 6:00am on my scheduled blog day. Luckily, it’s Sunday and I remembered my day was tomorrow–so it’ll still come out bright and shiny at 6:00am.
But with everything going on, I can’t write a blog or a devotional for you 3 weeks ahead. It doesn’t feel right. COVID19 moves too fast, time is too slow, and I want you all to know that we really are in this together.
PSA: This might be a little long, but it’s going to be so worth it. Pinky promise.
Let’s start with the beginning:
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
his love endures forever.
Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”
In times like this, when the entire world is facing pandemics, economic crises, and so much more it’s hard to proclaim “The Lord is good! His love endures forever!” It’s harder when the world’s crises begin to hit home. I almost listed the ways this is impacting those I love, but stopped.
Because this isn’t about me.
This is about you. This about God.
However this pandemic is hurting your family, I challenge you to follow Psalm 118:14 and declare: “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Say it. Out loud. Say it over and over again. Your words are powerful and the more you say it, the more you’ll begin to feel your heart lighten from its heavy burdens.
Versus 22-24 are clearly talking about Jesus: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.”
While the Psalm is talking about Jesus, I can clearly see it applying to right now. The pandemic is totally rejected–no one is happy. However, it is becoming a major part of our lives (I won’t say cornerstone because that is reserved for Jesus). So I want you to examine what is happening in the world and I want you to find the good–find the gifts God has given you in this moment of Shelter in Place.
Here are things am I rejoicing in during this time: phone calls from friends, my sister came home from Boston before everything shut down, my teenagers are still joining my Zoom meetings (sometimes twice a week!), I am enjoying being a homebody, working from home has caused long hours–but they are long hours with my cat and in the comfort of home, I am lucky enough to enjoy great meals, and I can sleep i a little.
What has happened that you can rejoice in?
The Exodus passage is a great story: it’s where Moses splits the sea. My favorite passage?
The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.
I have held onto that verse for many years on many occasions. And now? In this time of so much unknown, loneliness, and I’ll even say fear, we have this verse to hold to.
Hear me, this is not a band aid of a verse. Your feelings are valid. I am validating you and telling you it is okay to no be okay.
And I am giving you this verse to hold close to your heart so when I’m not with you, you can have something strong to hold onto. Because what is stronger than the Lord?
NOTHING. Nothing is stronger than our God.
The Colossians passage is a good reminder for life. Here’s the verse I want to focus on though:
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
It is so easy to be negative right now. It is so easy to curse the government, hate on the CDC, and even just yell at your family. It is stressful.
During this time I challenge you to breathe before you speak. Take a moment to think if what you’re about to say (whether to family, about government, about hospitals, about other neighbors) is going to show the love of Christ or if it will harden your heart. If it hardens your heart, pray for a softer one.
We really are in this together and I am so happy that we are of one body spiritually.
Many blessings, my sweet friends