It is amazing to think that seven months ago we started 2020 with no idea of what a roller coaster ride this year would be. And it’s only July! While no one could have predicted the events we have walked through so far this year, it’s my prayer that you have seen God working in your life, perhaps teaching you a few things along the way. I wanted to take a few moments to share some of the things I have been learning this year.
– We need each other. As a natural introvert, I have to admit that the idea of working from home back in March and April was somewhat appealing. Getting work done at my kitchen table and watching church online for a while was pretty nice! Long term, though, God created us for community. We were not meant to live life on our own. I’m grateful for the friends and family that He has placed in my life and for the opportunity to do life together.
– Slowing down is good for you. While I wouldn’t say I was over committed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had plenty on my plate. It was amazing to watch dozens of personal, family and work commitments drop off the calendar this spring in a matter of weeks. All of the sudden, most of us had a lot more time on our hands, and I think I needed it. Having time to rest and reflect and play games with my family while we stayed home was really nice. In fact, as life starts to get back to normal, I’m working to keep some of those same habits in mind. I’m guilty of doing too much at times, and this year has been a good reminder that sometimes it is better to do less.
– God is faithful. This year has not been easy. Isolation, anxiety, anger and fear have been common emotions for all of us, sometimes all at once. Through the ups and downs I hope that you have found that God has been with you each step of the way. Psalm 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” We can trust God as our anchor, firm and secure no matter how big the waves around us may seem.
I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping the second half of 2020 is a LOT quieter than the first! However, whatever may come, I’m grateful to know that God is in control. He will continue to lead, guide and teach us along the way.