In this time of uncertainty and wide-spread fear, it is human to have a range of emotions from anger to apathy. I find myself vacillating too. When I jump on social media or watch the news, I get sucked into the story of panic.
The thing is: I don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle. I’m guessing you don’t either. The only one who has the completed picture is the God of the Universe and He’s not surprised by this. He is calm in the storm because He already knows the outcome.
We can’t control what is going on around us but we can choose to trust in the One who puts the pieces together.
My hope is you find your hope in the One who is Hope.
If you need prayer, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It would be an honor.
Phone a friend. If you need help, ask. From child care or just to vent your fears and frustrations.
Tear some paper. When I feel out of control, it feels good to tear things. Take a sheet of paper and rip it into smaller squares (leave enough room to write a word or two). Now, write down all the things that worry you and then sort them into two piles: things you can control and things you can't. Take the pile you can't control and tear the paper even further as symbol of giving it back to God. Focus on what you can control.
Be quick to listen. The next three are from James 1:19. One of the most important things you can do is listen. Pray for discernment and wisdom as you sort through every article, post, and news story.
Slow to speak. This comes on the heels of listening. If you need to speak, make sure you don't put more chaos into the world. This adds to your own internal panic and spreads like the virus you are panicking about.
Slow to get angry. People are doing the best they can with what they've got. Anger is warranted at times but don't let it be your default. Before you get to your boiling point, see #1 -4.
March 13, 2020
My name is Jenna, but my pen name is JL McCarthy. I live in the beautiful state of Colorado, just south of Denver.
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