Recently, the world has come to a halt, just in case you didn't know. My kids now are at home until April 10th, the weekend before Easter.
Last week, I watched church online for the first time and the church just said they will continue this until everyone is safe. I bet when we are allowed to go back, then the churches will be filled.
I can't find toilet paper, paper goods, water, pasta, meat, chicken, or fish (canned or otherwise) as the grocery store near me has emptied out.
I brought my son home from college, about 45 minutes away as he lives in a studio apartment. He doesn't have a car and I bring him meals for the week normally. He is running out of toilet paper and now we have to hunker together as I can't be buying him " luxurious " lean cuisine meals where you pay $2 a meal that barely makes a meal. :-)
Seriously, this is a little bit scary and uncertain times.
So my minister at our church last week talk about the scene in the Bible where Jesus is sleeping in a boat while all the others are frightened about their outcome in the storm.
We are in a storm like nothing we have ever seen before in our lifetime.
Our faith is being tested.
I read my Bible in the morning, which I haven't done in a LONG while, and I went for a walk yesterday and the pictures below are all taken from that day. Sometimes when I see God, it is usually though a camera lens. The scriptures below are from my church's last weeks sermon. I hope this brings you peace from all the anxiety being thrown at you.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths but only such as good for building up that it may give grace to those who hear.
Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as Christ forgave you.
Turn you FEAR into FAITH
Your GRIEVANCE into GRACE
Your SELFISHNESS into SACRIFICE
I hope we all look for God today.
Remember who God is. He is the God of the winds and waves and controls the storm.