“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”Psalms 28:7
One of the main things 2020 has forced us to do is spend more time with ourselves that we potentially ever had before. With the limited ability to move around, we have found alternatives to pass time. Some have been positive and productive. We have taken up hobbies we had shelved for a less busy time, found clever ways to connect with others and learnt new skills. Others, not so much. Now more that ever we are hearing about increasing rates of depression, stress, anxiety and even suicide. It has been one of the most trying years our generation has faced. We seem unable to cope.
We are comfortable when we can stick to what we know as humans. Change, even positive change, unsettles us because we have to learn new habits, create new patterns, see things differently, think differently, execute differently. I know I am generally very resistant to change, even change that is beneficial to me for instance eating better or exercising more. How much more difficult is it then to adjust to all the changes happening that seem to add nothing positive to our lives? Extremely difficult, I would say. Sometimes it seems almost impossible to cope with this ‘new normal’.
Something inside me says no. Something inside me says there is more. It is not all for nothing. The pain, the stress, the uncertainty is not just present to break you.
No, we shall not break. The strong winds might bend us, but we shall not break. Not while we have a father in heaven who loves us and sends his angels to watch over us.
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”Psalms 91:11
Even when times are tough and uncertain, the Holy Spirit reminds me that when I do not know and understand, there is one who knows and understands. At the end of the night, darkness must give way to the light. When the dawn of a new morning comes, darkness has to flee. And a new morning must come. No situation in life is permanent. It may be tough now, but it will not be tough forever.
And the best part is….
During those tough, unbearable moments, God is right there with us. He comes personally to join us and help us through those trying times.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned. The flames will not set you ablaze”Isaiah 43:2
And this is how I know we will make it through. We will make it through because God will see us through. He will give us strength for today, and a bright hope for tomorrow.
May God bless and keep you, now and always😊