This too shall pass. But the passing shouldn’t be the main focus. During this time of uncertainty with COVID-19, I’m convinced we have to change our perspective and create a paradigm shift. It’s easy to become bogged down with negative feelings, especially when we have to abide by social distancing. Anxiety and depression, among other things, can creep into our minds.
However, we have been equipped (Hebrews 13:21) with the right tools for this specific time and season in our lives. God has provided us with His armor (Ephesians 6:11), but we have to put it on every day. Every day we have to decide how we will use this stage in our lifetime.
More than a time of being tested, this is a time of self-evaluation. Self-evaluation consists of reflection and finding solace in opportunities for growth. Growth happens in times of uncertainty, trials and tribulations. This time reminds us that we are not in control. We may have thought we were in control of our own routines; however, those have now been thrown for a loop. The little things we take for granted — like going to a friend’s house, finding specific items on a grocery shelf, and shaking someone’s hand — no longer seem so convenient.
Things change but our God does not. Some of the things we hold on a higher pedestal than God, our “earthly idols,” don’t seem to have the same meaning to them anymore. Nothing will truly provide the fulfillment that our souls need besides our God.
This is the timeout, or maybe the halftime, we needed as God’s people. This is the reminder that He is the One who provides, and no matter the situation or no matter the stress we are under, He will continue to provide (Philippians 4:19). He doesn’t let His children fall to the wayside. He is our shelter and our armor, and we have to continue to be the light in the darkness. This is the time we have been preparing for; this is a time for us to shine the brightest. This is a fight we can’t let the devil win.
I’m convinced we must use this time of “social distancing” to draw closer to others in the spiritual sense. We are not made to be alone. We are made to fellowship and share each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Let’s stay in the Word, let’s stay in prayer, let’s continue to fellowship and make disciples. This is a season to be proactive, plant the seeds and water them. He is still the God of exceedingly and abundantly, no matter the season.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” — Ephesians 3:20
— Xavier Scruggs, professional baseball player
Xavier Scruggs is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Xavier’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/xavierscruggs/
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