I would like to say a big THANK YOU for taking the time to visit.
I hope everyone is coping well while we continue to ride the waves of this pandemic. It certainly feels as though the globe was transformed overnight and now we’re left to wonder, where do we go from here? Learn to adapt and carry on in a Brave New World (crazy book, eh?).
As always, we should prioritize mental health and overall wellness to the best of our ability. As if there wasn’t enough pressure going on around us before we got hit with an elusive virus. This incident has added a whole new dimension to an already convoluted existence. On that note, it might benefit to bear in mind that we live on a planet filled with a multitude of never-ending crises such as drugs, poverty, housing, economic, environmental and so on. Truly, we are confronted with insurmountable catastrophe at every corner.
Jesus said it perfectly in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus did not fail to deliver on this promise which was demonstrated by His resurrection. The peace and redemptive power which this world offers pales in comparison to what Jesus bestows upon every believer. There is absolutely nothing like it because we are connected with the Creator of all things, great and small. A God which is not limited by time, space and matter because He is infinite and eternal.
My life has been marked by a roller coaster of personal adversity. I never really felt secure as there was a lot of devastation all around. I got used to having to uproot quite frequently which afforded little to no stability. That meant changing schools and homes frequently because of fluctuating circumstances. It became normal to not get too attached because it wouldn’t be long until I had to move again.
Despite the chaos, I always believed there was more to what I was experiencing. There had to be a purpose but my faith was weak so I relied mostly on my finite strength and solutions to see me through. I was focused on the problems rather than on the promises made by God. It took many, many years to open my heart and receive the life-changing presence of Jesus. Oh, how patient He has been with me. Sadly, I had to get to the end of myself before I could begin a relationship with the Father. Now, I can proudly say that my heart has been revived with restored hope which will not be shaken.
Does this mean that I still don’t get worn out by the endless demands? Not even, I get bogged down by all the injustice and evil that’s got such a tight grip on us. I am not immune to anguish, anger, sadness or any other affliction. I have zero faith in government and other established institutions such as the Vatican church because their agenda is to control and oppress.
So long as we’re here, we will be under constant attack by the enemy. The virus which we’ve been going up against is a result of sin. In fact, it’s safe to say that almost all of our hardships are an outcome of our sinful nature and disobedience. The insatiable appetite to satisfy ravenous hunger with short-term pleasures dominates the world. This includes but is not limited to overzealous ambitions relating to power, sexuality, wealth, material possessions and general wickedness.
Being a follower of Jesus does not make one immune to the darts of darkness. But it does provide peace, comfort, strength, wisdom and eternal hope so that we may endure the plight. In James 1:8 we read, A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. The human condition causes us to waver therefore we cannot build a firm foundation upon sand. God knows how easily we get tossed about so He has provided an anchor to stabilize us. This can be accomplished through the dependence on the living word which is the Bible and Jesus Christ. We need not look any further or make it any more complicated than it needs to be.
Believe and trust.