“O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.” – Psalm 13.
“Are we there yet?” Chances are you’ll hear that more times than you can count if you’re in the middle of a road trip or any long drive in the car with your kids. Sitting in the car for hours is boring, even for adults, so it’s no surprise kids get antsy and whiny. Kids have it much better today than when I was a kid: they’ve got lots of movies loaded up on the iPhone or iPad, a nice set of headphones, books, stuffed animals, a pillow and blanket, a notebook and colored pencils, and some snacks and water. Basically, the child moves into the back seat. You would think this would keep them totally occupied, it would be smooth sailing. Not. Eventually, the inevitable “I’m boooooooooooooooored” reverberates from the back seat followed by “are we there yet?” In many ways we have the same feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic: “is it ever going to end?” As a result, we are stressed and worried.
This is when faith is so important. This is when we need to trust God. We don’t have to know what is happening tomorrow. We can only live each moment, each hour, each day individually anyway. We are asked to trust only in Him for all of our needs. When God saved us, He promised that we would spend eternity with Him. He didn’t tell us long we would be here on earth, what troubles we would face or whether we would be worried or anxious or even stressed. Sometimes that makes us angry and confused. We keep asking when this pandemic or other trials will be over; “are we there yet?” The answer is sometimes no answer so we tend it to go from weary and tired to angry and bitter. When we ask God if we are there yet, we would do well to remember “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” It would be nice to know all the things God is doing behind the scenes and the reasons for them. But that is not how it works.
The good news is that God has a plan for this journey we call life. He won’t tell us everything which is why we need to trust Him with the details of our lives. Trust His leading in the coronavirus and every other aspect of your life. He will get you where you need to go.
- What areas of your life are you stressed about?
- What can you do this week to trust God with those areas?