Empty

I took this photo of my Jeep tonight as I left the office.

It’s been a wild seven days. Early last week, we had a campus of excited students and a myriad of activities. Within 24 hours we were shifting classes to online formats and letting students return to their homes. It’s like we flipped a switch.

And it’s not just here. The coronavirus has impacted lives all over the country. We’ve watched the situation overseas with interest in the Fall, but few realized how fast the virus would spread…and how quickly it would impact our lives.

We’ve been encouraged to stop gathering in groups. To isolate. To stay at home. The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to create distance from one another.

And like the photo of my Jeep indicates- it’s a lonely existence right now.

The Los Angeles Times ran a news story this week about how working from home, seeing empty shelves in stores and- yes- the plunging stock market can cause anxiety and depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even talk about it on their website.

And man…I’m feeling it.

The Bible speaks quite a bit about times like these.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:6-8

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Proverbs 12:25

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lordyour God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Tough times come. I’ve read about the plagues from 100 years ago. We’ve faced uncertain financial future before. Wars have ravaged our country and torn apart families. This earth is filled with uncertainty and fear.

But Jesus provides peace. He promises hope. He promises a future.

When I doubt myself or our future this week, I pledge to double-down in my prayer life.

When I’m anxious about our current situation, I will give it over to the One who cares for us beyond measure. I’m going to pray to the One who loves me unconditionally.

And when I feel empty, I’m going to ask Jesus to fill me with his love and blessed assurance.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Pray for me during these uncertain times. And please let me know how I may pray for you.

God bless and keep you. Always.

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9 thoughts on “Empty

    • Stacie says:

      Prayers for you friend! Small business support, coffee shop being a safe haven for those displaced, calm hearts and anxieties of coworkers, safety and health for all family and friends around our communities and the nation! Thanks for being such an inspiration and giving me a view of life through a different lense. We all see life and surrounds so differently. One of my favorites in times when I know I should lean on HIM and my prayer life more than I do…
      ISAIAH 41:10
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

  1. We were watching Little House on the Prairie tonight, the one where the Russian immigrant buys land cheap subject to taxes. Anyway, the sermon given I that show is so on point – basically, in times of plenty we forget our affliction and in times of affliction we forget our plenty. And in between times, be strong!

  2. Anne Lee says:

    I enjoyed and needed your words tonight. I received a request to pray for those who have the Corona virus at 7pm. God please guide us as we travel this unfamiliar road. The best laid plans have been undone.
    We lift our prayers to our Lord asking him to bless us and to provide direction during this difficult time.
    We are sending our love to the Carvers.
    Anne & Ron

  3. Sylvia Kemp says:

    Words of encouragement from God’s Word. Thank you Keith for reminding us to lean on our Lord during this time. Trust and obey

  4. Tammy Bledsoe says:

    Thank you for putting into words what so many of us are feeling right now. I was thinking the same things this morning on my way to work. I pray we can all stand strong for this too shall pass.

  5. Kevin Bartholomew says:

    What a wonderful read and such great words of hope and inspiration. I think, no, I hope that people will take this time to commune with the Heavenly Father. The Great Physician will offer the most comfort and guidance during this time.

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