I know today seems so hard. Forgive me, but it might get worse. We really have no clue, but what I do know and understand is that the Light of the Church shines brightest when the problems of the entire world seem darkest. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that, It looks pretty dark outside right now.
What are we supposed to do?
Well, during timeframes of uncertainty like this, there are only a few things we can do.
- We hold on to hope. It’s tough to hold on to anything when all you can see if everything that looks hopeless. That’s because no matter where you look right now, the loudest and most resounding message are the bleak headlines of greater problem. You’ve got to hold on to something that reminds of you of the hope of a greater good. To me, that’s nothing but worship. When I put myself into the place of worship, I can literally put myself at the feet of Jesus in the Throne Room of Grace and when I get there, all I find it the comfort I am missing in the darkness of our current reality.
- Pray. There is something incredibly profound in the prayerful determination of a people in passionate pursuit of the Lord. Beside this, it was His very directive, 2 Chronicles 7:13-16.
- Talk. What I find most hopeful in seasons like this is the determined resiliency of the American People. There is a tenacity that seems to come built into us that can be fostered when we get together. I believe that is the incredible value in what our church calls, Circles. We gather to connect over our deficiency and when that timeframe is past, I find a reinvigorated tenacity that was lying just below the surface.
- Laugh. In seasons so dark, laughter seems so far away, but studies have shown the incredible value in a good laugh.
Recently, we were having our family devotions just before we headed off to bed, and when we got to the place where we all share prayer requests together and then pray for each other, it came to Eli’s time to pray. Being the joker that she is, she just started laughing, hysterically! It was probably because she was way over tired, but all of us just started laughing with her and could not stop—Over nothing! It was…healing.
- Watch Netflix, eat ice cream. That part is just for me because I love ice cream.
- Stay as routine as possible. Don’t ever underestimate the incredible power of routine. This social distancing thing has wrecked this part of life, but try… I am determined that for me, I’m going to exercise in the morning again, without a gym. Because I know it unlocks for me, the incredible power of routine.
- Grace. Give yourself and those around you the grace to not do so well with a hard season.