What a year it has been. Seriously, did anyone win with their apocalyptic bingo card yet? Who had a Supreme Court justice vacancy less than 2 months before the presidential election? All I need is a world leader who introduces a program to put marks on people’s foreheads to pay for goods and services and I can shout out Bingo. Now in all seriousness, the apocalypse may seem like it is drawing nearer and nearer with each unforeseen event that has taken place in 2020. Speaking of which, I truly believe the second coming will be within 50 years, (but that’s a topic for another time).
Previously I was a social worker, and one of the skills that was most useful that I taught my clients was to be aware of their thoughts and feelings, and to reflect on them more deeply. It is actually a trait that can help anyone, especially in a time like this. Each one of us can get caught up being too busy, that we don’t stop to reflect what is going on up in there which can affect our everyday decisions. So as the Jedi once said, search your feelings: Coronavirus, law enforcement-Black American relations, murder hornets, Supreme Court justice vacancy, the presidential election, and Taco Bell removing fan favorite items! If you feel uneasy or even hopelessness thinking about some of these crises you aren’t alone, but a man once said:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30.
Rest and peace in my soul are some of the most valuable things I have come to find in this life. They are like a treasure you find, buried in a field not of your own. If you play it smart, you would purchase that field with all you had, so you can get that greater reward. However some would say, why not do it the easy way and take it without buying the field? I equate this to how we live our lives. If we try to take the treasure without buying the field, that resembles us trying to have Jesus without self-sacrifice: it doesn’t work. Jesus needs our heart and soul if he is to work in us. This leads me to my last thought…
Time is Ticking
The other feeling that I have when I think of everything that has happened this year is urgency. Before I mentioned it seems like the apocalypse is happening soon and if that is so, the stakes are higher than ever before. Not only could each of our lives be taken by tragedy in the blink of an eye, but the actual rapture and subsequent events could actually happen in our lifetime! If we learn anything from this year it is that we should not take our time for granted. I’m not necessarily talk about just completing your bucket list items, I’m talking about entering and fighting in the war of the supernatural. The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Simply put, there is a war for your soul. You may not see it, but you feel it, and you know it to be true. There is an enemy that is powerful, and he wants to cause you pain and suffering so that you become bitter and callous. He also wants you to stumble in your own mistakes to deny the one he is up against. That person he is up against is Jesus: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” –John 16:33. Jesus conquered the world by living a perfect life, but more importantly he died as a sacrifice for you and me. All of our sins, all of our guilt and shame was placed on him on the cross. All of that died when he died, but he even conquered hell by rising from the dead! We are in this spiritual war whether we know it or not, but we start fighting in it by making Jesus our Lord and Savior. When we don’t reach out to a savior we are like that dog in the meme sitting in the house fire saying “this is fine”, it clearly isn’t! God uses chaos for the good of those who love him. Take this crazy year as a wake-up call, and trust God. If you haven’t already or have fallen away from him, pray a prayer asking Jesus to come into your life. Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness. Connect to the True Vine.
Message us on this website or on our social media if you feel led to reach out for guidance. We would love to take the time to hear your story. What do you do after you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? Is the war over? Find out in “This is Fine” Part 2.
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