We as a nation have bounded into level one supposedly with only the borders left closed. Everything is back to normal – or is it?
People are going out again yet there is a nervousness about it. And now two more Covid 19 cases which will ramp the ‘fear’ up again. So how do we as followers of Jesus cope through this uncertain time? Remind ourselves of who our true Father is. We are his adopted children, and have all the privileges of being in His family. We can draw ourselves close to Him; listen to His heart beat and gain comfort and reassurance. Our lives in this world are temporary but our lives with Him are eternal.
What I find stunning is that he not only knows who we are, but calls us by name to follow Him, to enjoy our relationship with Him. We can engage in conversation with Him expressing our feelings and thoughts on our situation with a safety and freedom we might not find elsewhere. While He knows before we do how we will respond to the crisis, He wants us to know how much He loves us in and through the crisis. He understands how we’ll respond to this crisis, before we do. As Elijah found as he hid in the cave, the Lord’s voice isn’t wasted in shouting, but expressed in that intimacy of a quiet word. In that quiet word to each of us and in that intimacy, will come peace and a new passion to help others around us to find peace in this difficult time in history, through encountering the divine love of Jesus.
May the Lord fill your heart with His reassuring love and give you the strength to cope in this uncertain age.
Rex Booth (Chairman of the elders)