He said, “Be Still”

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

This week marks the most important holiday observed by our nation - the Holy Week or the week of Easter. It is a time to reflect on the life, crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. Jesus is no longer nailed to the cross and because He lives, we have hope.

The coronavirus has us all practicing social distancing and scared of the unknowns. But guess what? I have flipped to the back of the book. I know the end of the story. Those who believe in Him will have everlasting life.

When God sent His only son to die on the cross for us, He expected something in return. He expects us to step out in faith... with no fears.

There are so many unanswered questions surrounding the coronavirus and we are all a little on edge. Will we lose our businesses or our jobs? Will one of our loved ones contract the virus? Will our children fall behind in their learning? Will our food supply literally be shut off? Will our community be able to survive without long lasting effects?

None of us know the answers. Therefore, we are a little scared. However, I challenge you this week to open your eyes fully. Stop focusing on the news and look around our community. You will see children chalking messages of love and hope; churches passing out palm leaves; cheerful Teddy bears in the windows extending virtual hugs... You will see neighbors delivering food to the elderly; housewives sewing protective masks; parents helping parents with homework advice; dads taking their kids fishing...

Take a real look at Facebook and Twitter, you will see friends offering support to one another and you will see a return of praises to the Lord.

I don’t have the answers, but just maybe the Lord is telling us as a community, state, nation and world to slow down. In Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Happy Easter everyone. May you stay healthy and find joy in the small things.