I’m sure that many of you would agree with me when I say that I feel like I’m on a runaway train. The past month has been unbelievable for the whole world.
COVID-19 has dropped the bottom out of our lives.
Just outside the comfort and safety of my home there lies fear. Uncertainty. Danger.
I don’t understand or know what’s really happening behind the scenes. I know that I need to be wise and to be wary, but I can’t control any of this situation that is swirling around us.
What I can do is pray. Pray for my family scattered here and there. Pray for friends. Pray for our nation and for our world. Pray for our leaders.
I can read my Bible. With my mind on overload it seems that I can only absorb a few verses at a time, but that’s all it takes for me to hear God’s voice so strong and reassuring.
If there’s ever been a time for people to assess their relationship with God, it’s now. I heard a doctor in New York say that this situation is Biblical…epic. The God of the universe has stopped our world and I do believe it’s time for us to stop and to listen to Him for a change.
I’ve been spending tons of time with Aaron for the past three weeks while being mostly home-bound. Every day I try to get him out for a walk or a drive, which he totally loves.
A couple days ago we went to nearby Swanson Park, one of our favorite places to walk and to enjoy a splash of nature in the middle of civilization. Social distancing is not a problem there. Aaron even obeyed me and didn’t stop to pet every dog he saw like he usually does.
There were flowering trees:
Historical plaques that we enjoy reading:
And our favorite little bridge:
As we walked, Aaron talked…a lot! One of his main topics of conversation involved the fact that he was waiting very anxiously for a PC game that Gary had ordered for him Sunday evening. Aaron had earned and saved enough money to buy The Incredible Hulk PC game!!!
That night as Aaron and I were in the kitchen, he was still (of course!) talking about that greatly anticipated game.
“So, Dad ordered the Incredible Hulk out of love for me?” he quietly asked.
And as so often happens, Aaron’s words stopped me in my tracks.
“Yes, Aaron,” I answered. “Dad ordered you the game out of love for you.”
I have thought and thought about that exchange…about the deep waters of Aaron’s heart.
And this picture I had just taken that day in Swanson Park came to my mind.
How God leads our steps! How He directs the paths of His children!
We live in this world and we’re caught up in what He is doing, but we can know beyond any doubt that He is fully aware of our situations during this frightening time.
“It’s from God that the steps of a man have been settled, and He delights over his way. When he falls, he will not be flattened, for God keeps supporting his hand. I have been young; yes, I have become old, but I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed asking for bread.” (Psalm 37:23-25)
As the old hymn says, “This world is not my home. I’m just a-passin’ through.”
God is surely at work in this old world, as He has always been since the beginning of time. But I know, beyond any doubt, that God is very aware of me and my little family.
He knows our path and He is holding our hands.
Therefore, I can say with great confidence, “Yes, Aaron, our Heavenly Father also ordered this time out of love for us.”
We who know Him are not forsaken!