[The following post is one of several under the heading of “A New Normal” addressing our response to the Coronavirus outbreak. They are written to the family at Bishop Creek Community Church. I was asked to make them available as an encouragement to all.]
It seems many commodities are running in short supply nowadays: Toilet paper, bleach, water, hand sanitizer…It appears that patience and trust may be running a little thin as well. People, in the course of dealing with this diabolical menace, are running into supermarkets in order to gain some level of peace. We can’t really blame them too much as it is one way we deal with the anxiety of the day; purchasing goods that may help us deal with the potential problem helps us think that we are doing something.
But, isn’t it interesting that many of us turn to an abundance of these goods from the supermarket for comfort?
We do well to remember that our hope, our comfort, and our peace come from God. The Psalms are excellent reminders of God’s continued care over His creation. David writes in Psalm 121 where we are to be looking for help.
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
The entire Psalm is a balm to the anxious soul, but these beginning verses set the foundation for our trust in Him to be able to care for our every need: He made all of Creation. As He is able to do so, as He is able to sustain it, we have only to gaze upon the mountains and reflect… “A God this mighty can certainly care for my problems.”
Eight simple verses to remind us of the Sovereign power of God to provide every need this day demands. Eight powerful verses to assure us the Lord is at work in our lives today.
Perhaps… no. It would be good to begin your day today with a reading of this precious gem. And, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to cast your gaze on the surrounding landscape.