You probably know that most of the state of California…for that matter, most of the west…is under a cloud of smoke from all the wildfires raging here. We’re praying daily for the safety of people and property in harm’s way. We are also giving thanks for the brave firefighters who are working so hard to quench these infernos.
Mitch and I have been admitting to each lately that we’re struggling a little. I suppose the fires alone are reason enough to be somewhat discouraged. But added to that, the Covid crisis is making us a little punchy too. What’s it been now? Six months?
I love being at home, I really do, and I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but I have to admit, the cabin fever is starting to set in. But again, our shutdown does not surprise God. And it’s just like Him to have scripture at the ready for a time such as this. Listen to what Paul says in Philippians 4:11: I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. A good reminder. As a matter of fact, the whole chapter is good medicine.
A faithful Christian brother reminded me this morning of a great go-to verse. Embarrassingly, I forgot to go to it upon learning of the devastating diagnosis a different brother received. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.”Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
We should never take anything for granted. We should live every day like it is our last and rejoice in the wonder that is this God-given life on earth. My husband and I try to remember this every day. Sometimes, when we need reminding, one of us will sing the first two bars of a favorite hymn: “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it…” (Hey, wait a minute…that’s Psalm 118:24!) What favorite scripture helps lift you out of the doldrums? Let me know at Lifting Her Voice.