from Nellie Baker as inspired by Dr David Jeremiah
I have found hope and inspiration in the writings of Dr. David Jeremiah and would like to share some of those thoughts.
As our church begins the process of reopening and we learn to live with new guidelines, I think "sheltering in place" should be replaced with a commitment to “Shelter in God." These past four months have been difficult. Moving from red to yellow to the green phase was not easy. The impact and effect of the pandemic has filled us with fear; especially when we come to our own irrational conclusions. How do we pray or worship God in these circumstances? Psalm 71 tells us that worship is not based on circumstances, worship is due God no matter what.
Is my faith strong enough to get me through this? It is too much for my limited and distressed mind. We MUST look to God for guidance.
Scripture gives us hope. God sheltered Noah and his family for one year in the ark. He sheltered Moses for forty years in the dessert before sending him back to Egypt. He sheltered David for fifteen years after he was anointed king of Israel before he came to the throne of Israel. We were sheltered by remaining in place, knowing that God was with us.
Scriptures provide comfort, inspiration and hope as we deal with the unknown. Psalm 121 assures us that God never sleeps or slumbers and watches over us always. There is hope even in the darkest night. God is our shelter and He will NOT fail.
We can find refuge from the threat of any disaster including coronavirus when we turn to God and seek his presence because God is always with us - supporting, equipping and empowering everything we need to endure any situation or circumstance we face.
Don't "shelter in place." Shelter in God. Allow yourself to be surrounded by His presence, His power and His peace. Practice sheltering in God and there is no need to feel frightened, abandoned or uncertain about the future.
Join us in praying: My Lord and my God, my hope is in you.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.