As winter turns to spring, we typically transition from hibernating into a more active mode. We anticipate the longer days, and our thoughts turn to Spring Break, working in our gardens, exercising outside, and looking forward to summer vacation.
This year, as a result of Covid19, many are concerned and find themselves circling the bowl of fear. What if this lasts forever? Do I have to stay in the house? What if I run out of toilet paper or worse yet, hand sanitizer?
Since we are people of faith, it is not as if we have no hope. The God we trust has provided “many great and precious promises” (2Peter 1) for us to focus on. I have found much comfort over the last few weeks in Psalm 91:1-8. NIV
- Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
- I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, I trust.”
- Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and the deadly pestilence.
- He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
- You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
- Nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
- A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
As you meditate upon the above verses, close your eyes and imagine.
- What do you see as you rest in the shadow of the almighty?
- What do you hear from inside the fortress of your God?
- How do you feel he covers you with his feathers, and you find refuge under his wings?
- What are the above verses emphasizing to you about God?
- What might you say or do differently as you hear news about COVID 19 as a result of meditating on these verses?
As you look forward to a beautiful Spring, remember these words, “But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed.” (Isa 54:17 NLT) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Rom 8:37 NLT) – Veronica Rasmussen MSW LICSW