How is your heart responding to your new way of life during the coronavirus crisis? The first week, I think I was mostly in shock. The second week, the shock started to wear off and sadness kept creeping in. And now as we face the third week of feeling like we’re living in a movie that we never wanted to see, the questions keep reverberating in my mind: “How long? When will this end? How will life ever be normal again?”
I’m tired, stressed, and scared, and I think if I just knew how and when this would be over, I could face each day with more endurance, hope, and peace. And yet, God isn’t giving us the answers we desperately crave. I think I know why.
If I knew an end date, I’d be tempted to trust my ability to manage life until then. When I don’t know how this will end, I must place my trust in the One who knows and who will provide what I need for each day. The Lord is asking us to look ahead at an unknown future and trust Him every morning.
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)
We don’t know how long this will last. But we know that it won’t outlast God’s steadfast love, His endless mercies, or His great faithfulness. As He provides for the lilies of the field and the birds in the trees, He will provide for us, His beloved children.
When we look ahead and wonder how we’ll cope next week or next month, we will grow anxious. This is so hard for me – I want to be prepared and plan for every possibility. But God is asking us to trust Him for today and not worry about tomorrow. All our tomorrows are resting securely in His hands. His faithfulness will be sufficient no matter what comes. We can let Him take care of all the worries of tomorrow as He faithfully provides for us today.
No matter what you face this week, your hardship will not outlast God’s faithfulness.
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