March 18, 2020
A month ago, I was feeling like I wanted more time at home and less time “working.”
A lot of you felt the same way too. But now that it’s here, I’m hearing a LOT of complaining.
I know, I know, I know. When you wanted more time at home you were hoping to not be working. But hey, in the immortal words of every Saskatchewanian ever, “it is what it is.”
With the world changing so rapidly around us it’s hard to feel thankful for working from home or being laid off, or whatever other situation you’re in.
I mean, it’s boring (unless you have kids and then it’s NEVER quiet). The point is the grass really isn’t that much greener on this side of the isolation fence.
So let me ask you, how can we change our attitude and actually find a way to be grateful for this weird time in human history?
Well, first of all look around you. You’re in a home surrounded with things that you, at least at one point, loved enough to buy. You have electricity and heat and if you’re reading this that means you have something technologically advanced enough to at least open a browser and find it (even if it’s an Android you can still be grateful – jk).
The point is, we really do have so much to be grateful for.
But in times like this it’s easy to lose perspective and only let fear and anxiety have space in our brain. But I want to tell you something.
In this time, you have the power to make memories that are worth remembering.
It may seem cliché but seriously, if we can refocus during this time, we can change the way we see what we’re going through.
Instead of only seeing bad news, look for the noble ways people are responding to this crisis and celebrate it.
Rather than fear, turn to faith.
While the world says to panic, practice meditation, breathing, and prayer (lots of prayer).
If you’re feeling isolated, video message someone and share a laugh.
Instead of binge watching your days or nights away, read a book or take a masterclass.
And since you have free time, remind yourself this is what you were hoping for just a few weeks ago and try to enjoy it.
Scripture tells us that “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry, and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” (Isaiah 58:11)
The secret sauce to getting through this unprecedented time in human history… is asking God for strength.
WOW – a pastor telling me to ask God for strength… original I know…
But IT’S TRUE.
I know it’s ridiculously simple and please know that I don’t mean to downplay the significance of what we’re experiencing at the moment. I just know from my own life that God is able to refresh our spirits when NOTHING else seems to. It’s a little strange and I don’t fully understand how it works but I’ve experienced it time and time again and you can too.
Start by spending some time with God. If you need direction on what to read in scripture, consider joining our Vista Bible Reading Plan.
If you want to grow in your relationship to God through Bible study, check out Right Now Media. Just click on “login” and get connected through Elim Church.
Also, every Tuesday night at 7:30pm we’ll host a Zoom meeting so you can join us for a devotional and time of prayer together. Stay tuned for more info on that.
Oh, and here’s my cell number: 306-715-3443. If you’re lonely or just bored and want to call, text, or facetime hmu.
I’m praying for you all and I find myself exceedingly grateful to have you in my life.
One more thing… if you’re really bored, try dressing up. My daughter is taking full advantage of that right now.