First Things @ First

Ministry Perspective,

There are occasions when you are blessed by God for the honesty and transparency of a human being properly filtering out all the 'stuff' that this world can throw at us at times. Just such a post was forwarded to me a few days ago from one of my nephew's wife. She is a young mother who shares some wisdom and insight that will both challenge and encourage those who read it. What follows is a pure perspective on the struggles of being a child of God in the age of Covid-19. Heather is a wife, mother, daughter, and friend of many. Heather's thoughts speak truth and encouragement to anyone willing to turn down the noise of the news for a while and listen. Heather writes--"Did you know that certainty can be an idol? Are you struggling in this uncertain world? I know I am. Yesterday was hard. Nothing really happened. It was just hard. Like I sat on the couch all day long in my pajamas and stared at the TV. My soul was unsettled. I was looking for certainty. I thrive on schedule. I like my calendar that has certain appointments and certain things to look forward to. Those things no longer exist. Nothing is certain. Not today, Not tomorrow. Not next week. My kids are no longer going to in person school. We stay at home on weekends and watch church online because some of my family members struggle with the anxiety of the virus. I long to go to Addi's soccer games because it has a sense of 'normalcy' to it. I am a traditionalist. I love all things traditional that revolve around the holidays. The thought of a 'different' looking holiday can almost bring on a severe panic attack. It's all so overwhelming. But God. Today, He reminded me of all of the control I am trying to cling to. It's impossible. God reminded me that He is absolutely in control. I do not have to continue to worry or fear the future. God holds all of my tomorrows in the palm of His hand. Romans 8:18 says, "Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later." That is some good news I will cling to today. This suffering is worth it. One day, every knee will bow and proclaim Jesus is King. I long for that day. I long for the promise of no more suffering and no more death. The day I will see Jesus face to face. But today, I will choose to praise God in this mess. That He is with me each step of the way. He is molding me into someone that looks more like Him. I have a long way to go on this journey to righteousness, but I am thankful for the One who holds my hand every step of the way. If you don't know of this hope, I would love to talk to you about it." end Honest? Humble? Helpful? I will leave that for you to decide. I say, 'well said, sister!' I fully expect the 'well done' will come from our Lord later! Blessings, Pstr K Psalm 27:1