It has been on my heart to share some thoughts and prayers with you during this time of change and uncertainty in our lives.
I am touched and honored to hear how so many of our intercessors and teams are finding their hope and healing as they rest in God and his Word each day. Even though we may not fully understand all that is happening in our world right now, God’s character and truth are still the same even though our circumstances are not the same from day to day.
It’s very interesting when we read Psalms 120-134 how often we find the pilgrims who sang these psalms as they journeyed to Jerusalem wondering if God will continue to show up to help them as they travel. We, too, are on a journey with the Lord every day, and I know that the journey recently became even more challenging when we were directed to self-isolate to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. There may have been some questions in your own hearts and minds about whether God is really here to help us in our time of need. But I want to say this emphatically: God is here, and he is our help and refuge in this time of trouble (Ps. 46:1).
As we hunker down at home doing our duty against the pandemic, lots of good ideas are floating around about things we can do to help pass the time. They include things like interacting with each other via social media or video-conferencing technology, learning a new language, taking an online class, virtually viewing magnificent paintings around the world – even just enjoying a much-needed “escape” by bingeing on movies and TV shows. But let’s not forget that God is still near, that he wants to spend time with us and speak to us through his Word. I, too, have to remember that this interruption of normal life is a great time to worship through song, prayer, listening and service to others when possible and safe.
Every day I’m making a gratitude list containing simple provisions that I am so thankful to God for today. Each day, the list begins with my relationship with Jesus and knowing that he promises to never leave me nor forsake me. I may not know what tomorrow will bring, but I have today, and today I choose to believe his Word. How about you? Do you also believe this? Are you taking the precautions that will help to keep this virus from spreading to others? But at the same time, are you taking action that will draw you closer to Jesus Christ and enable you to share his love with others?
We are here and we are listening. But more than that, our Father, the creator of the universe, is here and listening, too.
May God bless you and keep you safe!
I pray these words from Psalms 121 will encourage you today:
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
In him our hearts rejoice,
Dr. Peggy Banks
Global Ministry Director"
TWR Women of Hope
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