I received the following story in an email. It was said to be from a rabbi in Sydney, Australia, but I have no specifics as to who I may attribute these words to. I invite you to read it slowly and thoughtfully:
“It is not that we have lost our sense of certainty. We have lost our illusion of certainty. We never had it to begin with. This could be majorly unsettling, or amazingly liberating. This tiny virus of 125 nanometers has sent the entire world into chaos. All of our plans are up in the air, markets are going crazy, entire countries shutting down, and we have no clue what the future holds. But that is always the case. We never know what the future holds. We only think we do, and keep getting surprised when things don’t pan out the way we expected. Now the mask is off. We have to admit our vulnerability. What will happen next? We don’t know. Our experts don’t know. Our leaders don’t know. Only God knows. And that is the point. Only God knows. Close your eyes and feel the uncertainty, make peace with it, let yourself be taken by it. Embrace your cluelessness. Because in all the confusion there is one thing you know for sure. You are in God’s hands. Keep calm. Panic and fear are also contagious. Take every precaution as advised by health authorities. Wash your hands well. And every time you do, remember whose hands you are in.”
Change is always the only constant we can depend on in this world. We have been challenged in these last months in ways we never have in our lifetimes. As a Christian I get great peace and comfort from these words. There has been a great temptation to succumb to fear and panic. We hear conflicting reports. Who do we trust? Who can we believe? I can’t speak for you or anyone but myself. As for me, my trust is in God. I pray you have found that place of peace that passes understanding and comfort in your life.
What has given you a sense of peace in these chaotic times?
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I have been in a place of Rowe since this began. I resize and declare Ps 91, Ps 103, Ps 23 every day… knowing that my God is in control of all that pertains to my life. And now, I am praying that the Lord will soften the hearts of the Governor’s, who are being extremely harsh with the opening of their states. Ours has had a low number of cases and deaths and I’m proclaiming that they will let His people go! As the truth about the virus comes out, I am sharing it with others because so many are still in fear and allowing the harshness to continue without a fight. Like Joshua… we need to fight and take our land! Thank you for sharing this. I will pass it on. Blessings on you and yours Ann Kari
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I am doing the same thing my friend and I know our God is bigger than all of this, He knows the end from the beginning – none of this came as a surprise to Him and He has only good plans for us. We must share our faith and truth and trust he can soften hearts and open eyes and hearts to the truth of what is truly happening. Stay will my friend and thank you for sharing.
Yes!! Exactly! I am right with Jesus with them. Thank you KBCrazy for praying for our governors! I am in agreement with you to “Let my people go!” , He just keeps extending it. Bless you all!
Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in My Name, there am I in their midst!!! I believe as even just we 3 agree on these things, He is right here with us, bringing His will to pass!! Thank you Lori!
“We have lost our illusion of certainty. We never had it to begin with.” Only Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He is the rock on which I stand. Thanks, Ann.
AMEN!! Me too, Debbie.
Amen Ms. Ann. We MUST remind ourselves that our faith is greater than our fear. I too am unsure what tomorrow might bring, but I know for certain where I’ll be spending eternity. Am so glad it will be with wise, inspiring folks like you ma’am.
J.D. I hope we will be neighbors in eternity!! I love hearing from you, glad this blessed you and thank you for sharing it with Cathy Chung! I appreciate you my friend.
This is spot on Ann. We were never in control, we’re just aware of that truth now. Trusting God doesn’t mean we refuse to follow safety guidelines or blatantly test fate. It means we know He is good and ultimately in control. We can rest in not knowing. You can thank J.D. for pointing me to your post!
Absolutely Cathy. Resting in His capable hands doesn’t mean doing whatever we want. It is listening for His voice and exercising wisdom in our behavior but ultimately knowing He is good – always – only has good plans for us and will bring about good from this – for our good and His glory!! Thank you for reading and commenting Cathy.
Wise words, Ann.
I can relate. As a general rule, we don’t pay attention to mainstream media. In many cases, the headlines are created with the intent to incite fear. But I’ve had to pay a little more attention to this thing, just to know what’s going on, what’s locked down, and where I have to wear a mask. I found myself not feeling great every time I’d look, so I went on a little news fast.
Now I just check one local site to see what the new requirements are. Through this process, I found a great website and podcast that answered my questions of who can I trust, who can I believe. You might enjoy it as he cites the latest studies and data each week. And if he doesn’t know, he says he doesn’t know. Imagine that! Both Jer and I have listened to every episode and we both feel so much better about what’s going on. https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/podcasts-webinars
Thanks for always sharing something positive and useful!
I don’t listen to the media and very honestly I don’t believe much of what is said – but that’s just me. Thanks for sharing that link. I will certainly check it out.
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