I am home, keeping busy with work and praying for the right time to get back to my beloved Haiti.
Everything is shutting down. Some areas faster than others. I could talk about work, or how my weeks home have been so far. But as Coronavirus is the hot topic currently, I want to take a moment to share what has been going on in my heart in the midst of this pandemic.
The Lord has been calling me some specific ways through Covid-19.
A call to number our days
Every one, everywhere, on the face of the earth is dying. From the moment of birth, our days are limited. Life is lived for but a season, kind of like, well, grass. (Psalm 90:5-6; Psalm 103:15; 1 Peter 1:24) We have one life to live, one natural existence. We all knew this before, but the reality of death is much more inescapable when normal conversations and the news are constantly reminding us.
Right now I am relearning the lesson I began to learn January 2019 when I experienced death up close, and again that fall. Each of our days are ordered by God. (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16) As a Christian, there should be no reason to fear, for us death is only a gateway into the presence of Christ. (John 10:28) Our lives will come to an end not one minute sooner or later than His divine purpose. I am learning to keep eternity at the forefront of my mind.
A call to repent
Every event in history is allowed by God and he works in them. In the words of John Piper “God sometimes inflicts sickness on his people as a purifying and rescuing judgment, which is not a condemnation, but an act of mercy for his saving purposes.” (Source) Throughout history God has done this.
Covid-19, among other things is a call to repentance for some and a warning for others. The beautiful hope in all of this is that our God is a God full of compassion. When we turn to him in humble repentance he hears, he heals, and he redeems. (2 Chronicles 7:14; Acts 3:19; 2 Peter 3:9).
I am reminded of prayers I once prayed with vigilance for the lost people in my life. Somehow, along the way, I lose the urgency of their condition. Covid-19 puts the urgency of prayer before me in a way I cannot ignore. Behind each repentance are faithful prayers.
A call to rest
I have a tendency to be as Martha “busy with much serving.” (Luke 10:41) In the busyness we often forget to make time for God. Our activities, even if they are good things, should not take the place of communion with Christ. It is in the Vine that we find our life, it is by the springs of Living Water that we are refreshed. (John 15:5; Jeremiah 17:7-8; John 6:35)
Something that I often notice in my life is that when I spend the least time at His feet, the relationships in my life suffer. I get easily aggravated at a sibling, experience less unity with my partners in ministry, or argue with my fiance over petty things. The seasons that I spend the most time drawing near to Christ I experience peace. They really are the most beautiful and enjoyable times.
The social distancing and homebound days inflicted by Covid-19 give all of us time to rest in Christ. Who knows what new depth we may go to with Him in this time? Sometimes I picture Jesus saying, “You don’t have time? Well here, now you have plenty!”
I pray for each of you. I pray that you would hear God calling you specifically in this time. That you wouldn’t waste this season in worry. But cling to Him who holds all things in his hands, and find joy and rest even now.