“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
I was talking with my mom last night on the phone about the coronavirus situation, in her area and mine. She shared about going out to her neighborhood grocery store for a few things, and I quizzed her on what precautions she took. (She did well!) After the call, I lifted up a prayer of gratitude that my family members all seem to be healthy so far. Then, a question popped into my head: When will things return to normal?
The answer, of course, is that no one knows. This is such a strange and uncharted path we’re all on right now, and we have no idea how long the road is. I realized that this situation could definitely trigger my “gotta have some control over my life” response. Truthfully I think it already has.
It would be easy for me to either sigh and complain that I can’t do anything, or sink into a lethargic funk about what’s happening. But in these words from the Apostle Paul, I’m reminded that there is plenty for me to do, wherever I am. If I stay busy with things like reading God’s Word, I’ll end up spending my time in a more positive way:
– Being joyful by consciously choosing to put hope in my loving, gracious God
– Being patient by remembering the promises of my mighty, powerful God
– Being faithful by seeking to grow closer to my devoted, protective God
Are you reading God’s Word each day? There’s no better moment than now.
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