As I write this, Tegucigalpa, the city where I live is under a 24/7 curfew. Basically we cannot leave our house unless it’s an emergency. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations are currently closed until further notice. So there really is no point of going out. You would be stopped and questioned and possibly fined if you did. It’s not like you can meet a friend for coffee anyway.
These are uncertain times and things like this are happening all over the world. If I allowed myself, I could easilly be overwhelmed with riddled with anxiety by all the unknowns, all the what ifs. In the natural…worry is my default.
Ministry has come to a sudden end for now…due to the curfew and also due to the need for social distancing. And truly it is hard! As another missionary (Robert Esposito) put it, “It is painful and unnatural not be out in the world helping, loving and sharing the Gospel.”
None of us know when all this will end or what life will life will look when things go back to normal. No doubt it will be a new normal. Things will never be the same. But hopefully all of us will be stronger when it is all said and done. Hopefully these times will allow us to draw closer to Him. Honestly I don’t know how I would stand if it were not for the Lord giving me His strength and peace each day. Sometimes it’s moment by moment.
I heard a sermon clip yesterday by Steven Furtick. He was talking about how Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus…but when he saw the wind and waves he was terrifed and began to sink. He took his eyes off of Jesus and only saw the wind.
Matthew 14:30 But when he saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
Steven Furitck said in his sermon “If you watch the wind, you will always fall.”
Faith and fear are a product of your focus. We can choose and take control of our focus...Steven Furtick
So, I ask you…where is your focus? Is it on the storm around you? Is it on all the unknowns? Don’t allow yourself to slip and fall. Change your focus to Him. Get into the Word more. Spend time in His presence. He will meet you there and he will give you inner strength. He will give you peace when the world seems to be falling apart.
Remember He is with you in the storm. He is with you in every circumstance. At all times. Remember He is faithful to His promises.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself, give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
Deuternomy 31:8 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will never fail or abandon you.