Questions are important during these days and asking the right questions, even more so. Some answers to all our question elude us but some answers are readily available. For instance, we do not know “when” we will be able to get back to normal, but we know “how.” When we are given the green light to come together again, we will do so at 706 North Peachtree in worship!
I cannot wait!
This week in an online meeting I attended I was challenged by some scripture as it relates to the questions, we all face today. I wanted to share these with you in the hope that you will read them, meditate on them and gain much comfort in them. Psalm 72:12, Psalm 121, John 15:11, John 16:22, Isaiah 12:2, Isaiah 50:4, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, 2 Corinthians 3:1-6.
Also, in this meeting we discussed some concrete steps we can personally do during this pandemic. First, we can be proactive in our everyday lives. In doing so we will find great productivity. Second, we can be contemplative as we read God’s Word and see those things happening around us. Third, we can rest. God has given us the opportunity to rest in His peace. Finally, obey. Our Pastor shared this concept – our inadequacies inspire our dependence on Him.
As I reflect back on this meeting, I was impressed not just to hear from everyone and to see how they are doing but to get a chance to open His word and receive His Hope for us in these very strange times. I’m writing this after an incredibly long day with my 4-year-old and as I finally took some to rest and ponder the words from today, I came up with one particular verse that stood out to me personally. John 15:11 says, “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” My pastor’s version said “full” but I really liked the word complete. When something is full it could become emptied out over time but one of the definitions for complete says “make something whole or perfect”.
The truth is that none of us have any idea when this will final be over or even what the world look like once COVID 19 has run its course, but we know WHO is control and that He has already giving us His joy! I have enjoyed this time at home to be able to support my family and help in ways that I often haven’t been able to before, but I would be lying if I said that it has been easy. The Easter week has always been an impactful and powerful week in our lives as well as the church’s life, but this Easter offered up a special opportunity for us all the experience Easter personally. I want to clarify a bit, in ministry Easter is a tent pole event and we spend hundreds of hours preparing and planning in hopes to bring the message of Hope to those who haven’t yet experienced it. We often forget to remember how special it is for us as well! Throughout this week I got I chance to remember my first love and recognize the sacrificial love He showed for me…it’s not just what He did for the world, it’s what He did for me. The Christian walk has always been about a personal walk with Jesus and I think that in ministry we sometimes forget that. In closing, I have truly appreciated the opportunity to invest back into Jesus because He is the answer and the hope for everyone! Will you take this time to reflect on His Word, rest in His peace and obey His will for our lives? I know my answer and my prayer is that all you continue to seek after Him and He will guide us through this season!