In our current culture with so much extra stuff and so many choices and so many ways to connect without connecting… with so much stress and anxiety, with rampant busyness like a completely unproductive hamster running on his wheel, comes a CRISIS in all caps, unprecedented, unseen until its actions made it SEEN and aggressively acted on – a CRISIS that forces complete and unyielding, hard, inertia driven, crashing, STOP.
It knocks a lot of us down from our fortress lookouts where we live – down to the hard unnurtured ground behind the walls we built for our safety that are really to our detriment. We can’t see anything now that our lookout spots have all been obliterated. We don’t know what’s coming! And that strikes fear in many hearts like a wildfire out of control.
Phil 4:6-7. This passage has been prevalent on my mind this week after it was part of last week’s sermon, which was the last time we will gather for church in person for a while. Then one day this week I looked up this passage in the Amplified Bible version. And…Wow.
A lot of us already know that this is a time to hold fast to the truths we believe and strive to live out, but at least I’m finding that this is hard to implement, overwhelming, even. For me the words of this version add more insight and intensity that draws me in. This is what I need and what I should be holding on to. Peace transcendent of all understanding, and a soul that knows tranquility despite the circumstances, all coming from sincere prayer and hard work to set aside time to allow God to speak into my life, deep.
I’m not at all talented at correctly prioritizing – focusing on and holding on to the right things. I tend to hold tightly to all manner of other things that don’t deserve my attention, many of which are actually bad for me and my well being.
I want to take this to heart. To hold on to these words of scripture and others that I know are true, hold so tightly that I have no effort left for anything else. I long to deeply long to do this, and I pray that too. That I’ll want to enough to actually consistently do it. I pray this for everyone out there in the midst of this uncertain and scary COVID-19 mess. You are not alone.
But not only that. I long to carry this back to my new normal after we are allowed to be closer to each other than 6 feet, after we can hug again, and visit face to face again, and cry together again, and enjoy each others’ joy together again. I want this to be a kick start to a more healthy, more positively connected with Jesus and with others future. I pray this for myself, my community, my state, my nation, and the world.
Phil 4:6-7, Amplified Bible: “6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace (shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace) which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”