The world was a different place, at least my world was, when I published my last blog post, giving you a “meditation for when your world is rocked” (if you missed it, you can read it by clicking here). Life was happening, people were functioning in their normal busy and hectic routines, schools were open for instruction and grocery stores were fully stocked with toilet paper. We had our personal concerns, but people were passing each other on the street without much thought of one another.
Enter the coronavirus (Covid—19) and today, our world is a much different place.
A dear friend, who is a retired RN and who served in the medical field for more than four decades, called me to urge me not to leave our home. She stressed how that exposure to this quickly spreading virus could be life-threatening for LeRoy, and how easily I might bring germs back home to him. That confirmed what I was already thinking.
If you follow me on any social media sites, you know I don’t hang out there much. So, I haven’t been getting information about the current pandemic from Facebook posts or “friends” there who are expressing their opinions, but I’ve researched my regular medical websites that I’ve become familiar with since LeRoy’s illness. I’ve investigated reports from doctors who I respect at Johns Hopkins University and viewed their data (which you can see by clicking here). So, I was actually surprised when a few friends told me that many people on social media are viewing this as some kind of political ploy or hoax.
I’m not one to weigh in on those kind of inflammatory discussions. All I know is, medical people who I respect are warning me that exposure to this is dangerous for my husband, because it is a real, life-threatening (for him) virus. So, what is my response to that?
My response is to settle into a season where we will be at home (not a lot different from what our life has been the last couple of years) and although my kitchen is stocked with plenty right now, if I need to restock before the threat passes, I won’t be going out in public to do that.
Am I fearful? Am I panicking? No. I’m taking precautions and measures to care for my husband.
And I’m returning to the same Psalm that I mentioned to you (in my last post) that I’ve been repeating regularly . . . long before the coronavirus appeared. This Psalm brings stability and peace when your world is rocked, when life-threatening illnesses surround you, when hope is shattered by fear.
Spend some time with me today, soaking in Psalm 46. I hope it will be instructive for you as we meditate on this great passage and consider its immense implications. I pray that it encourages you, as you mull over these truths and that you will appreciate God more because of the magnitude of this Psalm.
Picture the power and white-hot heat required to literally “melt” the earth. That’s the power within the breath of God. He created it all, and one day, His Word will literally set on fire all of creation. When I consider the sheer intensity of that kind of power, it takes my breath away.
The Almighty and beyond-my-comprehension-powerful God, is my Father and the One I’m in communion with.
He’s the first One that I spoke with this morning, and the One Who I’m seeking moment by moment. And His breath can melt the earth.
Don’t take that description lightly. That’s Who He is!
My last post ended with mountains quaking under the “swelling pride” of the rolling sea. In contrast to the violent rush of waves that would take us under, God has a river of life that will refresh and sustain us:
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.” Selah (Ps. 46:4–7)
Are you drinking deeply from the Living Water? Rather than bringing destruction, God’s river is a life-giving source of joy. When we are “drinking deeply” from this living water, when the Spirit of God is abiding in us—we can receive the sustaining grace and peace that is needed to face any world-shaking event, whether that event is private and personal or is on a global scale.
Whenever I think of the “river whose streams make glad the city of God” I think of the river we see in the future kingdom where we will be with Him forever. And today, as there is so much pain and suffering, fear and hysteria surrounding us, it is good to think about that river:
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month.
The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.” (Rev. 22:1 –3)
This is what I long for each and every day.
This portion of Psalm 46, seems to be pointing to this future event. One day, God will utterly destroy this dying planet, the groaning of His fallen creation will be silenced, and even the heavens where Lucifer and one-third of the angels rebelled against God’s authority will be consumed:
“Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” (2 Peter 3:11–13)
But according to His promise, things don’t end in destruction for those of us who are abiding in Him. No, we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
Are you ready for that day? Do you long for His appearing?
The Psalmist reminds us that: “The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold . . .” and that is where our security is found. This phrase is repeated twice in this short Psalm. God wants to be sure that we understand this precious promise: if we are finding our refuge in Him as our “stronghold, we have no need to fear.
Do you get excited to think about the future with Christ?
Does knowing He will one day establish a pure and holy kingdom give you hope and provide you with endurance for today?
This is certainly an environment that is ripe for sharing the truth and hope of the gospel. May the truth and hope it provides spread more quickly than any virus. I encourage you to pause now and spend some moments worshiping the One who can utter a single word and melt all that’s visible. Stand amazed at His power and grace. And do not fear what you see with your eyes, but fear the One who is able to keep you and will return soon. He promised that, so share His message of hope with those around you.