"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones."
- Proverbs 3:5-8
My family sat at the dinner table and my mom turned and asked me, "What has the pandemic taught you?" I had heard this question phrased in a variety of ways this year. Many of my friends have asked, "What is God teaching you this year?" All together, I think this is a great reflection question. This year is nearing its end and many of us are grateful. I invite you to join me this week in reflecting. What has God taught you this year through the pandemic?
My answer, though not a simple process, is quite simple. I learned what it means to trust God. I learned what it truly means to trust Him and to recognize that I really don't have control over any situation in my life. That would've sounded crazy to me a year ago. I might have said that I have control over a lot of things in my life. Really the only thing I have control over is my response to the situation I'm in. The response that was solidified in me this year was to turn to God. I learned that turning inward to my thoughts and my emotions was hopeless. Turning to the Word, prayer, praise, worship, and time with the Lord is the only way to turn if I really want hope. He is hope. Trusting the One who rules the heavens and the earth, the One who knows my innermost thoughts and desires, the One who came to this earth to die for me, the One who created me, that is the only way I can turn and feel okay. Trusting in Him fully is not easy, but gosh it is the most fulfilling trust I have ever experienced. He is faithful through everything, even when I am not.
In truth, what do I really know? The only thing I am certain of is the God that came into my heart and changed me forever. I don't know what tomorrow will bring. My hope is not in knowing what tomorrow brings, but it is in the God who knows everything. My hope isn't even in believing that I have a tomorrow, but in the God who promises me an eternity with Him. This earth is broken. It is imperfect. People will let you down. Circumstances will suck. I trust God. His story, His plan is perfect for Him in growing His Kingdom.
Thank You, God, for teaching me that my life on this earth is temporary. Thank You for teaching me that You are my security, my hope, my rest, my joy. Thank You for coming into my heart and changing me for eternity. Remind me in times of trouble to turn to You. I will fail in turning to You because I am imperfect. Lord, remind me of who You are when I struggle to see.
I encourage you to comment what God has taught you this year. Sharing what God has done in your life is important! You have a voice here! Let's celebrate God's goodness and power together!