God’s Truth is 100% resistant to contamination by COVID-19. The truths in His Word, when revealed to my slow-learner mind, have been my source of deep joy and strength in fresh ways this year. I have felt down, anxious and uncertain at various times and have had to catch my depressed thoughts a lot to redirect them to God’s truths in the Bible. COVID was metaphorically contaminating me.
‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!’ came Philippians 4:4.
‘Why should I, Lord? Remind me, please,’ I prayed.
Verse 5 continues, ‘Let your gentleness be evident to all. The LORD IS NEAR.’ Because of the Lord’s eternal Presence, there is reason to rejoice!
Losing my job of 16 years because of COVID was initially a downer, mainly because of having then to navigate Centrelink website for Job Seeker support! Anyone who has entered that maze will understand what I mean, with its dead ends and wrong turns. Another downer was not being able to plan holidays to NZ to see my family. I realise that none of these are major problems but are certainly significant because they’ve motivated me, as problems do, to pray and seek the Lord afresh. And God has amazingly given me another job, tailor-made, hand-picked, it seems. Our God is gracious and generous! Plus, with more time on my hands, Alpha involvement has been eternally rewarding! Our faith has eternal newness, when God’s Gospel Truth comes into focus! Another deep joy gift from God was an unexpected two-day visit from my nephew, who’d been studying at James Cook for the year and was en route back to NZ. No quarantining here in Brisbane and able to travel within Queensland – yet another reminder of God’s grace and generosity. Family affection is a beautiful gift of God, and our comparatively COVID-free state is not to be taken for granted.
How do we navigate on as Christians as we seek God through COVID-19?
John 14:6 says, Jesus answered, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
May the Eternal God be near you all, today and always.