Where are Your Eyes?
March 25, 2020 | Jon Hall
This is a very strange time for us all, not just odd and out of our comfort zone, but unsettling and worrisome as well. Our sense of well-being is threatened; we are separated from our routine, our friends and sources of entertainment. More difficult is our separation from employment and family members through quarantines and sheltering-in-place – all based on disease, COVID-19, that we know so little about.
At the very least, suggested or enforced confinement as a result of the contagion has provided, or even required, us to take time to stop and think -- an exercise in which many of us don't willingly or frequently participate.
It has been a time to feel consternation over the health and wealth of our country and the world, to face the threat of an unseen enemy, to confront a crisis we've not previously experienced in our lifetime, to consider how this disease will play out, and to face the issue of mortality.
It is a time like no other.
Although God is not the author of evil, the Bible says He uses it and makes it turn out for good for those in His Kingdom.
It often stymies us how that can work or be true. I know my own mind is too small to grasp it.
Because of the situation in which we find ourselves, this can also be a time to pray and prioritize and to listen to what the Lord has to say to us personally.
He says he'll hide us in the cleft of the rock; that He has planned all our days since the beginning of time; that even if the mountains fall into the sea, we'll not be shaken; that He will hold onto us with His righteous right hand.
He will guide us on a straight path.
This is a time to explore the truths the Lord offers to us that cannot be taken away no matter how desperate and frightening our circumstances become.
"Through it all, my eyes are on Him," says the chorus of “It Is Well” by Kristene DiMarco.
“Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You.”
Our prayer for ourselves and others is that we hold onto the Lord's plan for our lives, established since the beginning of time; and to feel in our hearts, through His grace and mercy, “It Is Well.”
Let me add a suggestion.
We come from different places in our connection to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In times of crisis, our faith walk is challenged, but God uses it for our benefit.
Pastor Greg exhorted us last Sunday to seek the “ancient paths” as God had declared to the Israelites. Some may struggle with understanding how to find the ancient path.
Our relationship with our Father is like any other relationship. It is our own unique experience with the Lord through the Spirit. We are all at different levels of connection through the habits of the heart, such as Scripture, prayer, Christian music, etc. that connect us to the Lord.
If you haven’t prayed much, begin to pray. If you have prayed much, ask for more filling and power and insight to pray as God wants you to pray for yourself, your loved ones and our community.
If you have read little Scripture, start reading somewhere. If you know the Bible well, dig deeper.
If you are angry, fearful, anxious, concerned, joyful, apprehensive or burdened, tell Jesus this and wait just a little longer than you have before to hear His voice and experience His truth.
Consider reading Eph. 3:14-21, asking the Lord to make this real for you.
Relationships take time. That’s true with God, too.