If ever in our lifetime there’s a season when extra grace is needed, it’s now. All of us have been dealt a blow in this crazy year as we’ve faced things that we could not have imagined just six months ago. The threat of a scary new virus, a lockdown, and now the pain and discomfort of injustice and social unrest have set our hearts and minds on edge, and each of us is dealing with it in a different way. Some of us are angry, some are anxious, some are sad, some are depressed, and others are taking it out on the ones they love. Sadly, last month, I read that divorces are at an all-time high, and I really believe that it’s because when distractions are removed from daily life, people are forced to come face-to-face with underlying issues that they may have been ignoring for quite a while. Since dealing with problems takes time, energy, and a commitment to looking inside, many of us avoid doing so until it’s too late. However, if we make a choice to lean into the pain and discomfort of our current situation, we will learn things about ourselves, about each other, and about God that will change us for the rest of our lives. Rather than ignoring what we’re feeling or doubling down on our position, let’s seek the Holy Spirit’s help and seize the opportunity to dig deep, turn from attitudes and actions that are causing harm, and build a bridge to others by cultivating compassion and empathy.
My friend, as a disciple of Jesus, this is your time to shine! When the world is full of chaos, you possess the unique ability to hear and heal the hearts of others. Because you are secure in your identity in Christ and you build your life on His Word, you stand like a tree firmly planted by streams of water that is not easily moved by currents and tempests. As one rooted in the Lord’s unchanging love, your devotion to His truth is unwavering, yet you remain humble, compassionate, and willing to learn. While many around you wither and fade, your life is flourishing and bearing fruit, because the fountains of your Savior’s goodness enable you to prosper in adversity and maintain a position of stability that provides shade to others.