Barbara Brown Taylor once said, “We do not lose control of our lives. What we lose is the illusion that we were ever in control in the first place.”
Every now and then there are events beyond our control that reveal how little we are, in fact, in control. Living through these events can be deeply unsettling and seem to bring about a variety of very understandable reactions.
For many of us, the events of this past week have shattered our illusion of control.
While the world around seems to be questioning and panicking, those that follow Jesus are given an opportunity to live an, “In Living Color” type of life. During the unknown of this time we can turn to the Almighty God, the Creator of all things…the Maker of Heaven and Earth, the One who has the ability to control every microbe, atom, and molecule in the Universe.
Many this week have been awakened to the fact we indeed are not in control. Many around us are seeking and searching for answers. This is a good time for Jesus followers to point others to the peace and hope we have in times of trouble. We can point others to the One that is in control.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
These next few weeks will be interesting for us. Yet, I truly believe the Maker of Heaven and Earth will use this time to comfort us, and to help us as a Church to prioritize what is meaningful and valuable. It is my hope we will not just miss “going” to church, but we will intentionally move beyond our fear and anxiousness, as we love our neighbors and “be” the Church to those who need the peace and hope that only Jesus can give.
We’ve created a resource to help you reach out to your neighbor. Please feel free to share this link with those who might need help during this time and also with those who are willing to help: www.welcome2hope.com/coronavirus
I am greatly looking forward to the next time we can corporately meet, but until then we will continue to communicate with you through Hope’s website (welcome2hope.com), the Hope App (search welcome2hope in the App story) and Hope’s Facebook page.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)