Today is a Thanksgiving Day, like no other before. If you had told me, last Spring, that the next eight to ten months would be the “twilight zone” of all time, I would have said you were crazy, when you weren’t. If you told me I would be going to six stores to find toilet paper, I would have laughed. But…I am not laughing.
Well, I wasn’t at first. Then, I took some advice from someone, a doctor actually, who listened to my concerns and anxiety and suggested I take on a hobby. A hobby? Fun? I think I was more shocked than anything that the doctor would suggest focusing on something other than the pandemic. How could I think of fun things when I had to stock our supplies and clean off all groceries with sanitizer and make sure we have ten of everything?
I exaggerate for effect, sort of. All I knew is, if I didn’t worry, then the problem of Covid would devastate my family and I. Needing to stabilize our shaken up world I did not think of fun as a viable solution. However, just to follow doctor’s orders, I started to consider her words. Then it hit me hard!
The enemy of this world is thrilled right now. He is seeing us all focusing on the bad, what has changed, the security we have lost, the fun we no longer seek. He is having fun at our expense! Our worrying is a joy to him. He whispers to us that we are doomed and we NEED to worry and fret and attack each other over differences of opinion, as to how to beat this Covid monster. He is a liar!
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. I Peter 5:7 -8 ESV
Why am I listening to a lying prowler? Since when do I take my marching orders from the devil? Why am I letting him dictate how I think? He is so dead wrong. We CAN still be secure. We CAN still have security. We have Jesus! He hasn’t gone anywhere or changed in character or presence. In fact, He never ever changes.
As the enemy of the world wants us to see the dark, the negative, and make us worry, Jesus wants us to see His and God’s light. In other words, Jesus wants us to see what He sees, NO darkness. I get it now, Jesus… You can’t see darkness because you actually ARE the light!
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 ESV
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5 ESV
Please help us take care of our families the best we can, while standing in Your light. The world has enough darkness, so we are thankful for Your constant light. Thank you for joy you give us as we focus on you. We love you! Amen
Thank you for reading. My hope is that you realize what I didn’t at first…we can have hope and faith in what we cannot see. We can still have joy in the Light of Jesus. Enjoy your day, even though it is different. Jesus is there with you:)
Love and prayers to all! Hang in there. Seek Jesus. Seek fun:)