We are living in uncertain, very anxious times. Those of us who have not lived through a world war cannot remember a time like it. Just when we need reassurance we find that the very nature of the Coronavirus means that being closer to one another for comfort is the opposite of what we should do. We are having to make hard decisions: do I still go to work? If I don’t, how will we pay the bills? If I do, will I transmit this deadly disease to my vulnerable loved ones? The whole situation is beyond the experience of most of us. It is frightening. It is making us confused. It will render many people isolated and lonely.
So, what do we do? Where do we go for encouragement and support?
Well, I don’t think it was a coincidence that on Tuesday I read this in my little Lent booklet sent from the charity Tearfund:
“God said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
The comment then was:
“Many people today struggle to show any kind of vulnerability. You rise to the top by being strong. But the way of the kingdom is different. If you or I were faced with difficulty or hardship, our instinct, like St Paul, might be to pray for them to be removed. Paul’s prayer was not answered quite in the way he had expected. But the answer he received meant that Paul could be honest about his weaknesses, because he didn’t need to rely on his own strength, but rather on the victory that Jesus won on the cross.”
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have found it hard to pray or focus on God over the past two or three weeks. But I have had to force myself to come to Him and say: ‘God, you ARE BIGGER THAN THIS.’
I have to believe it. Not with my emotions because they are too strung out at the moment, but with my will, with my knowledge of WHO I KNOW GOD TO BE.
My friends, we need to come to God and remind ourselves that HE REALLY IS BIGGER THAN THIS. The problem is, we can only see our own tiny mega pixel of the picture. He can see it all. And He is bigger… and whether we truly believe that in our heart of hearts or not, does not get away from the fact that it’s true!
So, will you join me in praying that we will have the confidence to know THAT HE IS BIGGER? Not that Boris Johnson reckons ‘we can crack this thing’ but that GOD IS IN CONTROL, no matter how it may seem.
Let’s try to focus ahead to the time when we can look back with confidence and say that, YES, HE WAS BIGGER.
With best wishes,
March 19, 2020