Lately, my coping methods have been a combination of the following:
-“I’m fine…” Said in a slightly manic, overstated Ross Geller way
-Smile and wave, smile and wave……in my best Queen Elizabeth II manner
-Frozen rabbit that has been spotted in the yard…..holding very still and barely breathing until the danger has passed.
None of these are good, or healthy, or helpful. The only, only, only thing that helps unfreeze the frozen rabbit is the Lord Jesus Christ. Wrenching my eyes off the chaos of this current world and gazing upon the wonder of Who He Is.
God has been placing Psalm 46 in my mind lately. Some key verses:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and mountains quake with their surging…..
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – excerpts, Psalm 46
Christians quote the Be Still and know that I am God verse all the time, but for years, I did not know the context that this verse is placed in the Bible. It’s not quite as peaceful and serene as I had thought. In this psalm, total chaos, destruction and disasters are coming upon the earth. In the midst of all this, God is our refuge, our strength, our help. As we see all of these things, we are to quiet ourselves, look to him, and know, without a shadow of a doubt, that He Is God. And every knee will bow to Him.
All creation, all created beings of the Living God, find rest, peace, an unfreezing of the panic, when they realize that God is in charge of their every breath, their yesterdays, todays and tomorrows.
Pray for me to keep remembering this, and not to look to useless coping mechanisms in these days. Pray that I keep my eyes firmly fixed on Christ. And as always, please know that I would love to pray for you. Let me know in the comments if I can. Love, Lisa
You are not alone in your thoughts, Lisa. I think all Christians are in chaos now and our faith is being tested like never before. We believe in a God. The One God. But He is GOD and therefore we are not on any intellectual level close to His. We cannot know His intent or see His why’s or fully understand anything at all. And I wouldn’t WANT to serve a God I could figure out! He wouldn’t BE GOD. So we will have to remember that we are not privy to His means or methods or plans, this side of Heaven. We can only, as you said so well, just focus on Him and know He is OUR God. And He’s got this. “In quietness and confidence shall be my strength.” Isa. 30:15.
Love this…thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
Yes, let us all look to our Lord for our refuge and strength in these days of turmoil and trouble. We all use these other coping mechanisms to get through our days in recent months, but God is the ONLY ONE capable of really helping us, as you have just shared with us. He never leaves us hopeless when we reach out to Him in Faith andTrust.
So happy your Internet is back up and running because your inspiration is such a blessing to our days! God bless you!
We are never alone….love this thought. Thanks for sharing!