Is this a question you have been asked or you have asked others? Or maybe you have even asked yourself? During a difficult time in our lives, we tend to ask more of these kinds of questions. Circumstances take us out of our normal daily routines, cause us to wonder what is next, and can even make us question everything we know.
Since the majority of the world has been in some kind of lockdown, I’ve been wanting to stay in communication with those we have trained from around the world. We are grateful we have those means of communication through WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook!
Just recently I reached out to some of our friends and asked them this question: How do you trust God during this unusual and difficult time?
I love the answers I received from my friends in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Saltillo, Mexico. I love how God speaks to us and speaks through us to encourage each other. And so I hope to encourage you with what my friends shared with me.
Natalya, from Ukraine, expressed how she has used this time to be introspective about her relationship with God. She said, “We believe in the word of God where it is said "that God has the hair on our head numbered." We believe that God loves us very much and does not send us trials beyond our powers.”
Claudia, from Saltillo, told me, “Reading his word greatly encourages my life. Christ himself is the living and spiritual word. When the world says chaos, sickness, anxiety, fear, and poverty; God says peace, joy, trust, help, sustenance... love for your care.”
Rosy, from Saltillo, expressed her thoughts this way: “Sometimes if I feel a little worried, I react and begin to meditate on God's words for my life and his promises encourage me. They take away my fear and cheer me up again. Thank you God for your word.”
I love how Irina, from Ukraine, was confident in her answer. “Thank God that he is the same yesterday, today and forever. And He does not leave us without his protection and protection. My only hope is in him.”
And my friend, Veta, from Belarus, told me how God spoke to her through the story of Naaman in 2 Kings when she was praying for her country and her church. She believes God “showed me that His plan for us is to become stronger and get more influence on people during these dark times.” And she shared with me her prayer:
“I pray for the churches all over our country and all over the world to wake up and start seeking God's presence. Especially when we have time for this now) Ps 46:10-11: "He says, “Stop your striving and recognize that I am God! I will be exalted over the nations! I will be exalted over the earth!” The LORD who commands armies is on our side! The God of Jacob is our protector! (Selah)"
Isn’t it encouraging to hear how God speaks to each of us? Shouldn’t we be sharing more with each other what we hear from God and how He lifts us up during troubling times and during good times? Isn’t that how God reminds us of His faithfulness and love for us, giving us that tangible way of recognizing that He is control and we are not?
During this time, God has continually reminded me to abide with Him. He’s reminding me to stop striving and pushing to be who I think I need to be, but rather focus on what God is asking me to do. Psalm 23 has been a part of scripture that God has impressed upon me often and I try to live in what He is saying to me through His Word. Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” God is using this time to ‘make’ me stop and see Him. And at the same time, He is leading me and restoring me. Thank you, Father!
What is God using this time to say to you? I would love to hear and be encouraged. Let’s share more with each other. Send me a text (469-964-0445), or send me an email (email@example.com) if you would be willing to share what God is saying to you now.