This year has been full of paranoia and fear. From being afraid to meet our neighbors, to losing hope waiting for updates via texts and phone calls, from getting lost accommodating to new routines, to trying to find ourselves in a new normal, it all has shaken us in one way or another.
I think one thing we forget about when we read through Bible stories is time. We forget that there’s a process that takes time to see God’s handiwork. I think the most applicable story that comes to mind is Joshua and the rest of the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years. We thought our year was long, but these people were wandering for another 39 years. Joshua was selected to lead because of his faith, but he had to watch everyone complain year after year until the next generation came.
You’ve read my few posts from this year, and many of you have wondered what’s been going on. But to be honest, I’ve been struggling just like every single one of you has. I have lost who I was, I’ve lost my footing, and I lost faith in what God planned for my life. However, even though I thought I had lost everything, God spoke truth into my life to remind me that He had never left. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there for you, but that doesn’t mean that God wasn’t.
He’s that voice in the silence when you wonder if it’s going to be okay. He’s that layer of provision that has kept your finances afloat. He’s that comfort in the darkness of uncertainty.
Just because we lose focus, or get swamped, doesn’t mean that God took a backseat this year. Remember that time puts everything into perspective. So, if we change that perspective, we won’t be lost in time.
“I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:10-11
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:17-18