Hello, friends! 🙋🏾♀️
I thought I was done blogging, but in light that all that has been happening in the world these days, the Lord has brought me back to Daily Hopeful. It seems that we all need faith-filled hope now more than ever — and while I certainly have my own wobbly moments, I thought we could all reflect upon the truth of God’s Word together.
As an aside, you may have wondered where I have been all this time. Well, I started working full-time back in January, at a job that I truly love. I also resumed the training for my certification program, and wrapped up another (two certifications down, three to go!). Next, I made the decision to postpone returning to grad school for at least a year — it just seemed like the wise thing to do. Finally, as you likely know, the state of California is in lockdown, so I have been sheltering in place for about a week — thankfully, my job allows me to work from home.
My family also experienced a very severe crisis back in January that was only resolved by the Lord’s providence and the intercession of many prayer warriors from all over the world. I am fine, but I may share what went on in another future blog post.
But most importantly, how are you?
This verse from 3 John has been on my heart for the past week:
Certainly, we live in unprecedented (and uncertain) times. However, if we can remember to pray 3 John 2 over ourselves and others, we can remember that every day rests firmly in the Lord’s hand anyway, and He ultimately determines whether or not we remain in “good health”.
That being said, we must all walk wisely (read the last few verses of Proverbs 4), so by all means, continue observing social distancing, good hand and face hygiene, and take measures to avoid needless exposure until this plague (and I use that word purposefully) has passed.
In the meantime, we watch and pray:
- We pray for ourselves, our neighbors, cities, states, countries and the world, asking for mercy and grace to perservere during these perilous times.
- We confess and repent of any known or suspected sin, and ask the Lord forgiveness. This is a good discipline for us to maintain at all times — not just these uncertain ones.
- We call upon the Lord for help, for He alone is our Source, our Provider, Protector, and Redeemer. Without Him, we are toast! We ask for His loving hedge of protection and thank Him for all He has done already.
- We praise the Lord because He is good, and His love endures forever.
Let’s pray together:
We are utterly lost without You. You made us in Your image, You have sustained us for all of this time, and we know that You and You alone are the Author, Finisher, Creator, and Sustainer of all things. Your Word says that all things have come to be and are sustained by the Word of Your power, so we know that You are very much in control of this uncertain season in our lives, too. We trust You, Jesus, fully believing that You have a plan and are working it out for our ultimate good and Your glory, even if we do not understand Your ways. We love You, trust You, and believe that this, too, shall pass. In Your name we pray, amen.