Grace and Hope

20 We put our hope in the Lord.
    He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
    for our hope is in you alone.

Psalm 33:20-22 NLT

Lets discuss “Social Distancing” as a HOPE of flattening the curve of the pandemic. 

Day 0 – the announcement of this strategy caused masses to run out for supplies and panic. The number of social interactions sky rocketed. And hundreds of people who would not have otherwise been infected have been exposed to the Coronavirus.

Day 1 – I stayed home, alone.  I heard from friend who did not that the stores were packed and people were still out panic shopping.
If they did not have faith and hope in Christ, they should have at least had hope in a proven strategy to ensure fewer people are exposed.  But it seemed all hope was lost.

Day 2 – I stayed in except for a short trip to the corner drug store. I did my grocery shopping there. I bought different foods than I would have regularly and spent less money (although more per product). It was worth it to socially distance myself from the masses.  I did drive up the hill to drive past all the big box stores – their parking lots were full as if it was Christmas Eve Day.

Day 3 – Work then home. (Yes work. Social distancing means going to work is still an approved activity. No need to stay home out of fear; but stay home if your job says not to come in). After work the college made us gather a small group of friends and move the kid out of her dorm. Mandatory move out. This means less social distancing. The school only let a small group at a time come get their things to limit social interaction which was nice. But there was no reason their things couldn’t stay while we maintained social distancing.

As a country, we really are not good at this.

My hope is in the Lord. My faith is in a mighty God. Although, I feel the mass panic and people blatantly disregarding it, compromised the plans of social distancing, I still have hope in the logic of the math behind it. But not as much hope as I have in the Lord.
Today, I think I will use fewer scriptures than I usually do. I could easily prove how mighty God is through his word.  What if instead I prove it through the things he is actually do in the year 2020 – specifically in my life?

My first post I listed the miracles I needed in my life – circumstances I needed to overcome that had no earthy means to overcome them.

  1. The death in my family: someone shared with me a Christian grief program that is online. I looked it up, got myself engaged and started healing.  I don’t seem to share much about this tragedy here, but it is a process to grieve. And God sent me that information at the right time, when I needed it.
    There is also the miracles that happened on the weekend that was the anniversary of the death: I sat home alone on that Saturday crying, because I could. However it was the same day as Sheila Walsh was part of a broadcast: “She Loves Out Loud”, prayer day for women.  I went from crying out of my own grief to praying and crying with women all over the world, all supporting and sharing with each other. It was powerful and healing.  So nice of God to have planned it on that particular day to comfort me.
    The following day my cherished friend, came to church with me and spent the day with me to keep me distracted from my grief and try to make the day fun. It was a beautiful sentiment. I appreciate his efforts more than he could understand. However, it was a miracle of God.  My sweet man is sweet, but he is too (endearingly) clumsy to have pulled that off without God’s help.
    God is moving – it is slow and healing and deliberate. This can be nothing but God’s work – praise the Lord! He deserves all the GLORY!!
    He is a God who heals and can heal the Coronavirus!
  2. Threats at work – These have been a roller-coaster ride of attack then God stepping in and settling it; and then attack and God stepping in to settle it. I cannot say much about specifics. But God is moving.  Friday, I received some good news about having my office moved away from a problem and closer to my team even though the CEO said no one can move offices anymore because people were moving their offices too much.  God opened this door and softened heart to make an exception.  This could only be God! Especial in the midst of the Coronavirus Emergency planning and everyone’s focus on more pressing matters. This is the hand of God – and he gets the glory for it. He is a God who works all things together for good (Romans 8:28)!
  3. Finances prove to remain a struggle. I continue to tithe and God has met ALL of my needs.  One day at work the sole of my boot flapped off in the front and I found glue in my desk drawer – super glue – and it wasn’t dried up!!! It’s small, but my needs aren’t much and free boot repair is much better than $100 boots!
    I have food in the house, the bills are paid, and let’s not forget the faith filled struggle to get my son a car – which God used to draw my son closer to him.  God is glorified in my finances regardless of the struggle. He has kept my head above water. (Phil 4:19)
  4. My adult son is slowing being drawn back to the Lord. He even made plans to attend church with me this last Sunday (however church was closed and only online because of social distancing).  His girlfriend seems pretty excited about her new relationship with Jesus and church and reading the bible. I try not to force it on her but she seems to enjoy the conversation. She is so often sitting right there next to me watching these strange little miracles happen and we look at each other and say “that can only be God”. (Luke 15:11-32)
  5. My sweet cherished friend – he has been to church 2 times since I started this blog. God is drawing him in. I probably get in the way of God as much as I help. I am working diligently at being sensitive to God and his will.  I find myself cutting off communication any time I am hurt or too personally invested in order to step back, spend time with God and let God work on me and him.  I know that man is a mighty man of God, saving souls, performing miracles and living a life with no compromise.  God has shown me. And all I can do is thank God for the deep and mighty work he is doing in my friend that will lead to such great things for the kingdom of God. I do not know what the future holds for me and him, but I know what the future holds for the kingdom of God and him.
    “The least of you will become a thousand, and the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will accomplish it quickly.” Isaiah 60:22 BSB

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15

How beautiful – God has given me so much Grace to get through all of this and grow so that others can also have grace to get through what they are going through! And grace to be saved! It always comes back to grace.
I serve a mighty and powerful God. He has done these things in my life. He can do even greater things. He will do things exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think! Wait until the day my sweet man surrenders to God’s will – That post will be in all caps!
Wait until the day my son does – also a glorious thanks filled post!
Wait. Stick around and see. So many bigger and greater things will be happening. Right now I am being faithful with the little things – soon I will have the big things! Wait! It’s coming – put your hope in the Lord!  Rejoice now! Rejoice with me then!

Today is the day to realize – God is powerful, a healer, a comforter, a provider, a changer of hearts, etc.  Put your hope in him and praise him!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Thanks for reading – Be healthy and blessed – pray Psalms 91