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.