As I continue on this journey of quarantine and uncertainty, just like many of you, I notice that i’ve been more reflective. These days seem to somehow blend together to where I have to check my calendar to see what day of the week it is, and I know i’m not alone in this. But there’s so much beauty in this season if we really sit back and reflect for a moment each day.
Who would have ever thought we would live through a pandemic. I’m sure none of us had this in our 2020 goal boards. But maybe, somehow we all wished at some point for things to slow down in our lives.
Do you remember ever wanting things to slow down for you at work? Or maybe you remember a time when you desired extra time for yourself to figure out if your career, or the relationship with a current boyfriend/girlfriend was the right one for you at the moment? Maybe this is our answered prayer. This could be a season of surrender and reflection for all of us.
I don’t know what this season may mean for you, but I challenge you to step back for a moment and surrender all your worries and anxieties. Use this time to fill yourself up again by spending time in God’s word, prayer, meditation, and journaling. Write down whatever thoughts come to mind as you do these things. Ask God to reveal to you what He wants you to focus on during this season. If possible, look back at your childhood and try to remember what you dreamed about doing when you got older. Is it what you expected or even better?
There’s power in having a grateful attitude towards life regardless of our current circumstances or setbacks. When we take a moment in each day to thank God for what we have and where we are, it helps us remember that we are loved and that we have all that we need. Remembering where we’ve been helps us realize that even when we thought we couldn’t get through a certain storm in life we will see God’s faithfulness in where we are now.
This pandemic is not permanent. It’s a season of life we will get through and at some point in our future we’ll be able to look back and say, “remember when we went through a pandemic?” and maybe you’ll be sharing your stories for generations to give hope for others.
My friends, it’s so easy to fall into depression and anxiety during these times and, I get it. Iv’e personally had my meltdowns and cried out of desperation and lack of control in my life. But something beautiful happens when we choose to let go and let God take control of our lives.
My prayer for all of us is that through this season we all look up and remember that God is, has been, and will always have control over our lives. He created this world and all that is in it, including us and we’re only here to be committed to the proper management of this world and it’s resources.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it, the world, and all that is in it.” ~Psalm 24:1 NLV
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