Over the past couple of months we all have been burdened with this awful pandemic of Covid 19. Like you, I have been faced with many challenges, self-isolation, making sure that I maintain social distancing and washing my hands incessantly whether at home or at work. I don’t believe my house or car has ever been so clean and spotless. When dealing with the ups and downs of the virus and stress of this time I began to spend more time kayaking on the bay. During these quiet times I realized that God was speaking to me about a few things. One, I need to be still and know that He is God, and I need to trust Him because He’s got this! Two, God revealed to me that I am in training.
God does see my struggle, because He is fully engaged. He sees the needs of tomorrow and accordingly uses my circumstances to create the test of today. I need to trust His training; I’ll get through this, and remember all tests are temporary. All are limited in duration unless I am proud and stubborn resisting what God wants to teach me. The Bible says, “In all this you greatly rejoice though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1Peter 1:6). Here’s something else that God won’t deny, and that’s choice, but neither will he protect us from the consequences of that choice. Then the last thing God spoke to me about was His Amazing Grace. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My Grace is sufficient for you My power is made perfect in weakness”. I learned that God’s Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor and kindness of God and there’s nothing I can do to earn it because He gives it freely.
Recently I heard a story of a father whose son was damaged from birth preventing him from ever walking or talking. After communicating to his father that he wanted to do a triathlon the father began to train with his son. So when it came time for the triathlon while swimming the father would pull his son in a raft, while biking the father pushed the son in a chair that was attached to the front of the bike, while running he pushed his son in a wheelchair. In like fashion, I now know that everything I’ve done is because God is pushing me, God is pulling me and God is carrying me. I believe that God is asking you to let Him put you in the chair. I am missing each of you at City Church. I miss talking with you. I pray that each of you are healthy and safe. I’m sending you a big virtual hug right now. Love each of you.