‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’ -Matthew 6:26
You are valuable. You matter. Store shelves may be empty. Things around us changes daily. But to our Father in Heaven who never leaves or forsakes us, we are valuable.
This coronavirus is kinda disturbing. Walking through the grocery stores and seeing the shelves empty it is hard to wonder if we will continue to have food in weeks to come.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.’ -Matthew 10:29-31
Soon after my strokes I lost my job after months of recovery. Yet, with all that recovery I was still not able to go to work and they let me go. When I was working I worked hard. I know I was not the best manager, but I was learning and I put many hours in (55-70 hours a week). When I no longer worked there I felt out of place. I could no longer provide for my wife and children. I was experiencing shock. My identity which I was proud of wasn’t anymore.
God nudged me one day while just staring off into space. I felt as though a comforting warm hand gently rested on my shoulder. And as I read that verse about sparrows I grew into this knowing the God has got this. It didn’t mean I was to do nothing but know that God has got me. That Thanksgiving when we had nothing a stranger dropped off three hundred dollars’ worth of food that included a turkey and other things. Later some friends from my church and gave us gift cards. Then not more than an hour later some people from the church down the street gave us another turkey. That year we invited friend to our thanksgiving table that had nowhere else to go.
This virus has made many of us feel displaced and worry about our needs. We can’t change the virus or our jobs or the government, but we can change our hearts. I encourage you to do the following…
- Spend time hanging with God. It is this relationship that matters. Be still in His presence. I tell people this is like when I just sit with my wife. I love her presence near me. In the same way we can spend time just sitting and listening and feeling that presence of God.
- Intercede for others. This is a great time to pray for others. Prayer is powerful and effective. It allows us the opportunity to submit to God the concerns of others.
- Ask God to search you heart. When David was in caves running from others he asked God to search his heart (Psalms 139:23-24). Come to know God more take this time to wrestle with God through your concerns.
- Check in on others. Call, text, or even do Facebook videos (I like this because they can see your face and hear your voice). This is a time when we can minister love and peace to others. Remember just listening does so much. And being present helps them become present. Be where they are not where you want them to be. This takes courage to walk with others in their fearful valleys. Remember this is not your walk it is theirs. Let God be God and let Him save them.
5. Smile and show compassionate love when at the stores. You may never know how this may impact someone. Here is a way to do this…
A. Let you attitude be that of
Christ. Be bold, brave, and
B. Be aware or others including
the cashiers. Say hi and
listen and speak to their
C. Remember their name and
pray for them and their
friends and family.
There is NOTHING bigger than God who is In you.
GOD HAS GOT YOU.