We enter another weekend that is so abnormal for me. We have had 3 services at Compelled for over a decade. Saturday and Sunday don’t seem the same. Routine, schedules, rhythms are all off. As our country and the world pivots out of control as it seems, we sure are beginning to identify with thisas it’s affecting all of our worlds.
It’s no longer something in another country, or that people we don’t know are dealing with. It’s all pretty real now. We all know someone with Corona. We all know someone out of a job. We all know someone in quarentine. We all know someone who is going to work daily to help the rest of mankind survive. It’s all pretty real now. The jokes of a few weeks ago have stopped, the whining about being in lock-down have ceased and we are left without many answers of when our lives will be “normal” again. It some ways they won’t be.
There are heart-stopping reports of other consequences happening connected to the stay at home orders. Of course the Liquor stores are open, and so famlies are at risk, and domestic violence stories are sadly emerging. Lonliness, and depression are the silent foes, and if alcohol is involved that won’t make that easier. People are struggling. Those who live alone, are not enjoying this “stay at home”.
What can we do? Not much really? How can we help? Follow the directives of our health-care professionals so we don’t spread anything we don’t know we have. We are powerless to make this go away right now. There is not much really we can do, so…..
We look to the Lord for calm in this chaos, peace in the fear, security in the turmoil, and faith in place of doubt.
My verse for this week continues to be in Psalm 46. I have been thinking, studying, praying and preaching on this one. Here is the pinnacle of the Psalm.
“Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“Be still” means to stop striving, and to surrender and “know”, He is God. The whole Psalm is food for the soul.
Have you done this? Take some time, get alone, open your heart to God, and just stop. Invite Him to show you He is God, and allow his supernatural presence to bring peace, and then you will “know”. Not just in your head, but in your soul.
Yes, it’s another abnormal weekend and God is among us this weekend, like He was last and will be next. The Lord is going to get us through this. Keep being Psalm 46.10 people.
Pastor Nate Elarton