Well, here we are! We’re in the middle of our normal Spring Break week, but we have an indefinite amount of time after this week where we will not be back at school, obviously due to the current circumstances. I’ve been thinking and praying and collecting some thoughts and of course, this space here at Finding the Heart is meant for helping us all find the heart of every day life. Right now, that looks pretty difficult.
Finding the hear of any season takes intentional choices and sometimes in the middle of a scary time, that can be so very hard to do. I have created some structure for us here at home and we are adhering to it loosely, but also thriving in it at the same time.
I posted on facebook earlier today that there are 3 things that help me in times of uncertainty.
1. Scripture – read it, every chance you get, Psalms are perfect for times of distress and just for daily reading purposes. Write it out, word for word. This helps put it in your head and heart. Pray scripture. When you don’t know what to say/pray, pray scripture. Repeat the promises of God over and over.
2. Spiral and a pen– a blank spiral and a pen gives you the space to write lists, ask questions, write feelings/thoughts, make a plan, make a meal plan, write down goals, and so on. You can write the scriptures down there, journal pray, make to do lists, etc. A plain ol cheap spiral and a pen. It helps!!
3. Remember this is a season. This won’t last forever. It really won’t. It may last longer than we would hope or foresee. It may not be easy in the least. It certainly was not in any of our plans. We have to maintain an outlook that is just that, OUTlook. We have to remind ourselves of the truth, remain steadfast in the truth even when we don’t feel like it and keep taking it all one day at a time.
I’m reminded during this season that God, in His sovereignty is not aloof or unaware. He is actually extremely close and near to us, in every detail, from the amount of school we will be missing to when we will resume normal church routines, activities, ballet, sports, etc to knowing each name of every person who has suffered through the Covid-19 illness, every hair on every head of every person who has died from it, to each and every person who is living this adventure day by day, minute by minute. He knows and cares for every healthcare worker, official, nurse, doctor, mayor, pastor, emergency worker, law enforcement officer, city council member, city worker, banker, childcare provider, teacher, principal, and so on.
HE REALLY DOES KNOW and HE REALLY DOES HAVE A PURPOSE and a PLAN.
Take heart, friends. He has overcome the world. He has and will overcome this pandemic. and when life returns to a “new normal”, let’s commit to realizing that this whole season we are currently in has served to help us find the heart of our every day life.
Here is what I wrote in my spiral this morning: (remember this is my world, my life, my view point; this is not meant to make you feel one way or the other about your own story in all of this. Go write and live your story during these days, but I hope you can be encouraged today to live them well, no matter)
-I like my home, my views out my windows, the cul de sac we live on.
-my girls are doing well and the structure I have put in place is good.
-we will do what we need to do for as long as we need to do it.
-when will this all blow over?
-what do I do as a worship pastor during this time, besides plan sets?
-thankful for the rain
It will ALWAYS be ok…
Psalms. All of them.
Worship. All of the worship songs.
Routine. Keep what you can, adjust what you must, make new ones!
Psalm 16 English Standard Version (ESV)
You Will Not Abandon My Soul
A Miktam[a] of David.
16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.[b]
4 The sorrows of those who run after[c] another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.[d]
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I wrote the whole thing out. It paused my mind, settled my heart and reminded me of truth. I found the heart today! verse 9; therefore my HEART is glad, my whole being rejoices, my flesh also dwells secure.
Love you all! Hang in there and be full of HOPE!