A few days ago, there was a huge storm in the area in which I reside; thunder and lightning, hail, and a too-close-for-comfort tornado that touched down. In the middle of the night, residents were cautioned to seek shelter in a basement, or other safe place. Although it was nighttime, it was super dark and scary, almost ominous. Houses were rattled, tree branches were downed, power was lost, and people were scrambling. This, in the midst of grappling with uncertainty and life changes due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
As is the case 100% of the time, the storm passed. There were foods that needed to be thrown away, and tree branches that needed to be cleared. Siding and roof shingles were blown off, and trash and recycle cans were transplanted into neighbors’ yards. However, power was eventually restored, and clean-up efforts were initiated.
The day after the storm, I had a doctor’s appointment. As my husband and son assisted me from the house to the car, my son commented on the weather. He said, “look Mom at how bright it is! Isn’t is funny how it’s always so beautiful after a storm?”
Christopher’s words were simple, and yet profound. He was referring to the weather, but his words immediately struck me as applicable to the world’s current situation. We are indeed in the midst of a storm. Winds of panic, uncertainty, and fear are blowing with enough force to rip stuff apart, and wreak monstrous havoc. We are forced to “take shelter”, in order to minimize harm while the lightning flashes, the tornado tears through our lives, and hail stones threaten to beat us to the ground.
This particular storm, the Coronavirus pandemic, as dark and dangerous as it is, will eventually pass. When you are gripped with fear and doubt about the future, take a look back at the resume of our past. Despite horrific loss, pain, and death of events such as The Civil War, Slavery, Two World Wars, The Holocaust, brutality during The Civils Rights Era, 9/11, and more, we have not simply survived, we have thrived. God has empowered us to rise from the ashes and come out on the other side stronger, wiser, and more compassionate than ever.
No matter how dark the days get, remember there ARE brighter days ahead.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31, 37-39 NIV)
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