We’re nearing the end of 2020 and what a rollercoaster ride it’s been! The virus with a restrictions and a whole new normal, rioting in our cities, turmoil over the election and more. On a personal front, we welcomed a new grandson, found that our granddaughter, Hailey, is at risk for autism, and now my husband has announced he is retiring in April. I turned 70 and have more aches and pains and trouble sleeping than ever. I could really relate to this quote from my devotional:
“Though everything without fall into confusion, and though thy body be in pain and suffering, and thy soul in desolation and distress, yet let thy spirit be unmoved by it all, placid and serene, delighted in and with its God inwardly, and with His good pleasure outwardly.”
Most of the circumstances I listed are disturbing because the outcome is unknown. How many people will die of the virus? When will we find a vaccine? Will our granddaughter learn to speak? Will the church be able to find a new pastor and move forward? Where will we go to church? How much will the income reduction affect our lifestyle? What unforeseen medical problems are lurking in our future? You get the idea: I could worry all day about these and other questions if I allowed myself to go there. I know what a pastor friend of mine would tell me– trust the process. All of these things are in God’s hands, and He has a plan that is good. It may not be apparent to me now (in fact, it may not be apparent to me ever, in this life), but it is there. I know this from my own experience, and I know it from this scriptural promise.
“… we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Maybe 2020 has been a year of clarity for you; maybe it’s been a year of confusion. Wherever you find yourself, listen to this word from the prophet Isaiah:
” Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint…” Isaiah 6:4
Trust in God. Trust the process.