God Speaks In This Confusing Season
By Mary Ann Buffam
Everyone I talk to is expressing frustration, stress, anxiety and even low-grade depression caused by the circumstances of this pandemic. The uncertainty of what is next, when will it end, what does it mean for me, my job, my family, my finances – it is all confusing and leaves us feeling powerless and even fearful. I know that I am certainly ready for life to get back to normal, only to realize that this is normal and may be for quite some time.
Is my faith able to help me find my way through this? God’s word tells us to “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6). This is easier said or “read” than done.
Here are a couple of thoughts:
Rest in His Sovereignty
The world we live in has changed. But in Christ, anxieties, worries and fears are calmed.
My life is not controlled by whether a virus enters my body or not. Rather my very existence depends on the sovereignty of God, who is my shelter and my refuge (Psalm 91). My heart rests in this truth.
The relentless news of rising infection numbers and a second wave generates worry, frustration, and fear that burrow into our hearts and minds. Yet, one of the most well-known Psalms (23) invites us to find God, even in “the darkest valley.”
Hear God Speak in the Confusion
Whatever our roles, we are often busy taking care of our to-do lists. Caring for children, homeschooling, and keeping a balance between family and work, especially if we have merged them together, is frustrating and exhausting.
Finding quietness and peace can be difficult. I try to find a few minutes to meditate on the promises of the Scriptures to give me strength, hope and bring me into a place of knowing and hearing God speak to me personally and intimately.
Here are a few resources that might help you do the same:
- Ebook Words of Comfort, Scripture for Troubled Times
- Daily Bible Readings
- And more Free Scripture resources.
If there is one thing I wish for you and me for this new season is that the Unchanging Word of God speaks to us in unprecedented ways, and we will be changed forever.