She looked so content, oblivious to the pandemonium that the pandemic was causing. All she knew, looking from the inside out, is that Mom was home more, and that just made her world a better place. It made her smile, and then realize, what if we were to look at this from the inside out? What would we see? What would we be doing differently?
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I couldn’t believe it! To say I was disappointed and angered all at the same time is putting it mildly. Why is this happening, God? I want to go out and explore places, see people without a mask that they think covers germs but it doesn’t cover up their fear! In fact, all of this seems so crazy non-sensical because health begets health. It is a proven fact that a disease/virus cannot survive in a healthy immune system! Most of these preventative measures they are asking us to take really hinder a healthy immune system, emotionally, physically and spiritually!
Any of these cries sound familiar? I don’t know about you but after this, what, third extension of the stay-at-home order, I was extremely frustrated. So much of this just isn’t right and I’m starting to feel righteous anger rise. I’m going to steer away from politics and come at this from an emotional, physical and spiritual lens, so please know that as you read this, hopefully with the same lenses.
My current devotional Dangerous Prayers by Craig Groeschel really came to life as it collides with this pandemic on so many levels. The very first prayer that is referenced is the prayer that David prayed in Psalm 139, beginning with verse 23: Search Me, Oh, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
I wonder, in these unprecedented times brought about by this pandemic, if He were invited in to all the hearts who don’t know Him or don’t claim Him as their Savior, would He see anything that mirrors my own heart that claims to love Him, accept Him and yearn to be like Him?
Am I giving more attention to the outside -- all the news media, political opinions and pandemonium – allowing it to infect the inside? What if I were to take this time to pay attention to what’s in my heart, which ultimately influences my actions and attitudes, and focus on what I feed my heart? Despite knowing and believing that there is VERY LITTLE right about how all this is being handled, what if I were to not allow the outside to contaminate my inside with fear, worry, anxiety?
In 1st Samuel 16:7b, there is something pretty profound that helped shed some light on this uncertain, dark and scary time for me and I pray it does the same for you. And it’s not just in reference to David, who was anointed as King by God while a young…very young, shepherd boy, aka, most unlikely to succeed. I mean this really spoke to me and it does relate to this pandemic.
God said: “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Please, please know, I am not saying stick your head in the sand and pretend this crap isn’t happening, but what if we were to look at this from the inside out? It brings me back to what I started this blog with: my little four-legged bestie whose contentment has not been shattered, whose peace is still intact despite her old age. She is not allowing this to move her or shake her.
In a time when everything is up in the air economically, socially, politically, and even spiritually, what does He see in our hearts? This pandemic is NOT from God, but I will emphatically absodarnlutely say it can be used by God…if we let Him work in us through this.