Revd Sharon Lord writes……….
For most of us, these last few months have been a time of profound change – almost everything about our lives from the way we shop to the locations where we work and go to school to who we can meet has been altered. This alone has been disconcerting, but the sheer amount of change has added an extra layer of stress to an already challenging situation.
For it has not been one change – it’s been many, following on at an almost dizzying pace at times.
When all around us is changing and much is unknown, the world can seem like a scary and uncertain place and probably never more so then now. But God wants so much more for us than to walk through life full of fear, worry and anxiety.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-8).
This chapter goes on to tell believers exactly what we should focus on. And it’s not fear, of Coronavirus or anything else.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
The promise is there that if we have faith in God, if we lean on him, trust our lives to him, he will calm our anxious minds. He does not promise that we will be spared the difficulties of this life but he does promise to be with us in them and to support us through them so we can let go of our worries.
We do not know what is yet to come, what changes are yet to be made, but I pray that you will not be anxious about them and can remain at peace as you remain in God.