This post is later than I had hoped, it’s a rambling of some of my thoughts today as we continue this journey watching and waiting during a global pandemic when we find ourselves worried.
It is easy these days to get caught up in the worry, fear, stress, anxiety and all that times like this bring into our lives. We just get used to the idea of staying at home, having just found a new rhythm when … BAM! Another news article spills across the top of screen, we discover that life will be like this for a while (a month at the very least), someone calls with updates, or we hear about friends or family being tested for the coronavirus. And we get rattled. We’ve been in the house either alone, or with loved ones trying to make things work, we’ve balanced work and caring for the kids who are now home all day, this is now our so-called new norm. And at times, we might find ourselves asking ‘I wonder what’s next? I wonder what tomorrow will bring?’
It’s easy to be asking this question these days, equally easy to allow the worry and fear and anxiety to consume us and become overwhelming.
When I find myself wondering about tomorrow, and what tomorrow (and the day after that) will bring, it’s time for me to remember to reel it in and remember to breathe, to be in the moment, to go wash my hands while I sing the chorus to “I Surrender All” and to remember that God is present in the midst of all of this, that God who was the God of yesterday, and today will continue to be God tomorrow. I remind myself to be present in the here and now, to name what it is that I am feeling, and remember that God is with me, and that while I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I know that God is with us each and every step of the way. These are the reminders we can hold on to.
When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed in these days, and wondering what tomorrow might bring, I share a few additional scriptures I share with you:
Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah