Ministering during Covid...
Philippians 4: 4-7 is one of my favorite sets of verses. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV). 2020 has brought plenty of events and situations to challenge how we will react.
For us, we must Rejoice! God is in control as we pray how Jesus taught us in Matthew 6 …” thy kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven… Covid-19, isolation, loss of employment, civil unrest, and elections have collectively strained us as individuals, our relationships, and our country. Anxiousness knocks at our door. In some cases, it wants to barge in. However, anxiousness aside, our vision and mission, to see lives transformed by the Spirit of the living God, remains unchanged. We press on by faith and choose to rejoice – by faith.
In fact, how has God used 2020, so far, to bring about life transformation in each of us and his call upon our lives? For us, I believe that God has drawn us closer to Himself and each other from an internal viewpoint. Externally, God has opened more opportunities to collaborate with churches, non-profits, and other organizations whom we might not otherwise have engaged.
While we cannot control the events that impact us, we understand our objective. Hence, that only leaves our reaction that we can control. Let us all rejoice, pray, and experience peace that only God can provide. Stand Firm.