As of today, March 27, Aaron has been home and not going to his day group for two weeks.
But who’s counting?!
What a strange world we are living in right now! So many lives on hold. So many lives lost.
How can we even make sense of all this? We can’t, really.
But as believers, we can trust. We can trust that somehow God is allowing this time on earth and that there is a reason far beyond our understanding.
I was enjoying a beautiful morning sky one day last week. The puffy clouds were so pretty.
I was going about my morning. Soon I glanced outside again and noticed some thickening of the clouds.
Darker clouds were moving in quickly. What a change from just a short time earlier!
I was surprised at how suddenly the sky changed.
The deep gray clouds soon choked out any sign of the blue sky behind them.
A spring storm was certainly brewing!
When the storm clouds were starting to form, I snapped this picture. Can you see what’s out there, in the clouds?
A small rainbow!
A sign of God and of His promises to us!
It was timely that last week I was slowly reading and studying through Psalm 26. In verse 15, David said:
“My eyes are continually before the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.”
David was full of confidence in God and in God’s ability to take care of him, and to protect him.
Yet in the following verses, hear some of David’s comments:
I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged.
Bring me out of my difficulties.
Look on my affliction and my trouble.
Look upon my enemies, for they are many and they hate me.
David went quickly from trust to trouble, as Dale Ralph Davis says.
“Sometimes in the middle of that nexus of trust and trouble, the trouble will intensify and multiply. We don’t like to talk this way, at least not in church, but sometimes when we trust (v. 15) and pray (v. 16) things get much worse (v. 17).” (In The Presence of My Enemies)
But why is that? Is God being mean?
We know He’s not, if we truly KNOW Him!
God is working a great work, both in our world and in my own heart. And sometimes His work and His ways are best taught…and best seen…in the most difficult of situations.
We see Him better then because we are forced to trust Him more.
When things are totally out of my hands, I realize that I must place them into His hands.
At the end of the day, God will still be in control. His plan will still…and always…be behind every headline and every press conference.
Let’s remember that God is writing this story and has ordained these times.
We had best be sure that we know Him as our Savior, and then trust Him to take care of us in all these troubles.