Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Does the World Seem A Bit Blurry Right Now?

"Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you."
(Hebrews 13:5)

For some reason this semi-blurry picture of this morning's sunrise instantly reminded me of this verse from 1 Corinthians 13:12. It also reminded me of our current global pandemic. Wouldn't you agree that here, in the midst of COVID 19, pretty much everything seems a bit blurry? How bad will this thing get before it's finally over? How long before they find a cure? When will it be safe to travel again? There is so much uncertainty!

We know part of the story. We have lots of little pieces of information, but unfortunately there is also lots of little pieces of mis-information. It's all a cloudy and dim picture at best, as if we're looking at  ourselves in the bathroom mirror first thing in the morning with sleep still in our eyes. Or perhaps it is, like my commute this morning, like looking through a dirty windshield with the sun just off the horizon half-blinding us as we drive. Sometimes it's rather unclear what we're actually looking at. Certainly it's a dim and messy picture at best.

Like all unknown things in life, however, I am thankful for my faith that says that none of this has caught God by surprise. Yes, COVID 19 has created a big mess right now, and there are more questions than there are answers, but that's OK; my God is bigger than COVID 19. Like everything else pertaining to this world and the next, I believe that everything that I need to know, I will one day fully know. For me, God's promise in that regard is enough; I can rest in that.

I don't believe that God has abandoned us to this pandemic or any other global crisis. In Jesus, my eternity is secure, "even as I have been fully known." So, my brothers and sisters, regardless what still lies ahead in the pandemic's unknown, let's rest in the fact that we are "fully known" by our great and awesome God. Now we may only "know in part," but the blurry horizon will one day clear up, be it in this life or the next. Here too, I can rest in that.

So be encouraged, friends, and fear not. No matter what the world says, God is still in control and will see us safely through the blur of this pandemic. Peace and blessings. God is good.

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
(Isaiah 41:10; NIV)

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