FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

I woke up this morning trying to remember how many days we have been dealing with this coronavirus.  I know it has been in the world for months, but how many days have we been dealing with it on a personal level.  How many days has it interrupted our normal routine, affected our decisions, and generally inconvenienced us?  I don’t think it has been very long—maybe just days—but I am losing track of time.  We wake up every day in bizarro world, the twilight zone, dystopia.  It is hard to believe that the world has become so utterly shaken in such a short time.

I am a slow learner.  Oh I can quickly memorize useless facts and figures, but life lessons are more difficult to get through this stubborn will of mine.  But in my later, more mature years I have realized that when the Lord allows me to be stilled, sometimes flattened, He has something valuable to teach me, something to share with me, or some instruction for me.  And now he has used this time of isolation to still me 

For example, He is reminding me of the difference between wants and needs.  I do not need 40 cases of toilet paper!  I don’t even need most of the things on my list.  As Jerry and I were praying this morning, I had to thank God for supplying everything we need today.  Everything we need and then some.  It really is not a hardship to be asked to stay at home in a comfortable house with plenty of things to occupy my time and thoughts.  I know we will get through this because I know my God.  We might not get through it in the way I imagine, but we will get through it in a way that will be for our good and His glory.  C. S. Lewis said that God whispers to us in our pleasures but shouts to us in our pain.  He may be shouting to His church.

I believe God has a bigger purpose for me than stockpiling groceries or watching Netflix in this moment.  A bigger purpose for all of us.  For months and months God has been teaching me about prayer.  Church, I believe it is time to ramp up our prayers, to pray with fervor and intensity.  For years I have been asking God to send another Great Awakening and I believe we could be on the threshold of such a revival.  God invites us to partner with Him in prayer.  Sometimes we think that prayer is such a small thing.  We think there should be other more important things we should do.  But prayer is the thing!  There is no activity more important.

God has ordained all our days.  He knew when we would be born, and He knew all about this coronavirus.  Maybe we were placed here at this moment “for such a time as this (Esther 4:14)!”  This may be our commission for these days of isolation.  

I keep silently singing the words of the old B. B. McKinney hymn, Lord Send a Great Revival. And I pray, Lord send a great revival, and let it begin with me.

Author: Fran Carona, Ph.D.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and licensed clinical psychologist.

2 thoughts on “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”

  1. As I sit here in one of the hot zones for Virginia with both deaths in the state in neighborhoods on either side of me. It really makes me think about our “needs” and “wants”. Do we really need so many sports events and highly paid athletes? What about “movie stars” and entertainers? And my personal not understandable, the “influencers”. What about all the money that is spent in election campaigns? Is that the best use of those millions? Right now feels like hurricane prep. We have cleaned out the stores of water and toilet paper and everything is closed up but the skies are blue and it is a beautiful day. The waiting is the hard part. We had no church on Sunday but was able to stream Bishop Curry through the National Cathedral. What an amazing speaker. I’m settled in with my physical needs met. we are all trying to reach out to family and friends to insure their needs are met too. It some respects if reminds me of post 9/11 when we showed our humanity and concern for all. Why do we need a tragedy to get into that mood.

    Sorry for my ramblings,
    Shelda

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