This is a time like no other! No one has ever experienced the world going into shut down. Day 12 of family-isolation and it all still feels so surreal to me. And each day the news is different… and my emotions are so alive. We have a sort of schedule, but any form of normality has gone! The things we took for granted… walking to shops/ school/ church, travel, visiting friends and family, meals and coffees out… all put on hold for an indefinite amount of time!
Anxiety, confusion, fear, uncertainty… and physical exhaustion from either a full-on day at work, or a hectic day indoors at home with the kids. I thought a week of chickenpox isolation was long! ha ha ha!
But through it all… each day I try to devote myself to God’s word and prayer. I try to take some time to be still (this doesn’t come naturally to me!). The bible is my place to find true peace and assurance that God is still on the throne and completely in control.
There are heaps of resources out there… but these are a few that have really helped me/ challenged me/ encouraged me.
This is an awesome video by Mike Cain that’s definitely worth a watch:
This wonderful article gives 14 truths and lots of linked bible verses to think on and apply to our lives in the face of the coronavirus:
A great little devotional by John Piper:
A challenge to keep our big God big:
I’m a big fan of Emma Scrivner’s writing, and this is another one of her great articles:
Hot-off-the-press a brilliant little tract by Roger Carswell giving hope beyond coronavirus…
“This is our time. God has raised us up for such a time as this. It’s no accident you’re here. This is our time to hold out the Word of Life.”
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalms 139:7-16 NIV