I am living in a storm right now. I have been sick with a fever, congestion, and cough for 10 days, causing me to miss two weeks of church, including the last session for a Bible study that I have led for over a decade and am stepping down from leading. My throat has been too sore to do much praying aloud, and I have been unable to sing praise and worship songs to God. I haven’t had the energy to study my Bible as much as I would like. In fact, my quiet time with God over the past few days has mostly been me lying down, imagining my head in His lap, as I listen to songs reminding me that God is always with me, no matter where I am.
On top of this, my professional life is unstable, to say the least. I don’t know how much longer I will be employed or where I will go if/when my current employment ends. Many people I care about have already lost their jobs. Meanwhile, my husband just recently changed jobs, which has been a great move professionally, but he is in the transitional phase that comes with any new job, causing him stress. I have received more contact from my son’s school over the past week than I would like … and so it goes.
Right now, my life is stormy. I cannot see very far in front of me because the rain is so heavy, and I must rely on God to lead every step because I cannot see what is ahead. Nevertheless, my life is not dark because God’s hope has become an anchor for my soul. God’s hope shines light, so I don’t have to sit in the dark during the storms of life. I can have hope, no matter how stormy my life gets, because I know that God loves me, is good, is here with me, and is in control over my life. His purpose and plan for me are good, so I will not fear because my God is with me.
If I keep my eyes focused on the storms in my life right now, all seems hopeless. However, because I choose to focus my eyes on my God instead, I know that the story is not over yet. Yes, this season of life is difficult, but God is working it all for good. I trust Him, and that shines light into my storm.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace holding an umbrella in a storm with the waters rising up to her waist. Courtesy Bitmoji.]