You are my God, and I will give thanks to you…Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psa. 118:28-29, ESV)
The White House Covid 19 Task Force announced yesterday that the stay-at-home guidelines will stay in place until the end of April. Personally, I was hoping for an earlier date at least for counties that were not so heavily affected. So, in my prayer time this morning, I echoed Isaiah’s question in Isaiah 6:11 “How long, O Lord?” Not getting an immediate answer (no surprise there), I asked a wiser question, “What do we do now?” This time the Holy Spirit reminded me of Ephesians 5:15-16: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (ESV).
As crazy as it may sound, I believe that we have been given a gift of more stay-at-home time. God has a plan for this time for each of us. For some, it will be an opportunity to grow through uncomfortableness; for some it will be a newly opened door to be the light to someone walking in darkness; for some it will be the time to hear God tell you something important that you have not been still enough to hear before. And the list goes on.
Let’s take a fresh look at the prospect of another month of Covid 19 restrictions. Let’s look with joy as we anticipate what God is going to accomplish in our lives and in the lives of those in our circle of influence. I am going to be praying each day that the Holy Spirit will guide me in the creative ways that He would have me make the best use of this time. Will you join me so that together we can share our stories of our great God who has given us the victory?
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