“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34
Our world is in turmoil. Every day we hear reports of more people being diagnosed with the Corona Virus. The death toll climbs. Businesses are closing, borders are being closed, travel is limited, and there are shortages of some essential things. Our government has been doing a great job of introducing practices to help break the cycle, and it is our duty to follow their direction.
For those of us who are obeying the instructions and self isolating in our homes, we may find it frustrating. It is especially hard for those who live alone. I have been staying inside for most of the winter, so this has not been a big change for me. However, I realize the danger that is there to become depressed if I do not follow some simple rules.
I believe that it is important to live one day at a time. We have no idea how long this social distancing is going to last, it could be weeks, or even months. It is important that we keep a daily routine, get up in the morning, wash our face, comb our hair and get dressed. Spend some time reading the Word of God and praying. Eat regular meals, get lots of rest, and keep busy with something. I am sure all of us have some unfinished projects that we can spend some time on. When the weather allows, get out for a daily walk and some sunshine. Talk to a friend on the phone, maybe contact someone else you know who is also housebound.
Technology has made it easy for our churches to broadcast services that we can watch. There are lots of good music videos for us to watch and listen to. We may not be able to get together with others to worship, but we can worship God all by ourselves. God’s presence is not limited to a church building, wherever someone reaches out to Him, He is there to encourage, strengthen and give us peace. When you begin to thank Him for all the blessings that you have, you will feel His arms around you, as His presence surrounds you like a cloud.
Above all, remember that the Lord is in complete control of His world, and as His children we can rest assured in the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Whatever happens, it must pass by Him first.
I wrote this little poem a few months ago, but it seems appropriate for today.
A pathway lies before me, I cannot see the end.
There may be many dangers that await beyond the bend.
Dark clouds obscure the future, the hill is hard to climb
But holding to my Saviour’s hand, I take one step at a time.
In His great love and mercy, He veils tomorrow’s test.
But if I trust Him for today, He will take care of the rest.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that we know you are in control of this situation, and that you are with us each day. Help us to live one day at a time, leaning upon your everlasting arms.
Devotion by Anne Johnston