Comfort in distress

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Do you ever feel like there is no silver lining?

I feel especially led to write this blog today. With the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdown of many countries, and global economic downfall, many are feeling despondent, anxious, and as if they have reached a cul-de-sac.

For most of us, especially those working for themselves, or on commission, or even for someone else that won’t be able to pay salaries this month, it is nerve-wracking. We don’t know where the next salary is going to come from.  We don’t know how our children will eat, we don’t know how we are going to pay our debts, and we don’t know when, if ever, things are going to be back to normal.

Normal, as we know it, has seized!  What will the new normal be like? Will the Corona-pocalypse Fashion Shows of the future shift the focus from high heels, ripped jeans, and red lipstick to feathery, sequenced face masks? Will your face mask match your shoes?

In Matthew 6:31-32 we see that God will provide, and that we need not be anxious about anything…

Matthew 6:31-32 New International Version (NIV)

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them

Easier said then done! 

I know, it took me years to realize that God is in control! I used to pray for help, and two minutes later I would take it back, out of God’s hand, and back into my own….Thank you God, but I need help now, so I will take it from here!

Does that sound familiar?

The moment, I realized that God is in control, it was like someone switched on an extremely bright light!!

And I am not talking about just knowing that God is in control, but really with EVERYTHING in me, realized that He is in control of my life! What I eat, what I wear, what I am, I cannot do anything or be anyone without God! He has given me life, and He can take it away at any time. Only after realizing that, things changed.

I remember a time when my two older children were still in pre-school. At the time, my finances were….. let’s just say it was non-existent! I had a great job with all the benefits, including a company car and medical aid, but I worked on commission. My “BASIC” salary was only a word being used to attract candidates for a job interview. Some months I earned great commission, while other months I earned no commission at all. The months where I did reach targets and earned my commission, I had to make up for the months I got behind in debt.  I just could not see my silver lining then.

After surviving on 2-minute noodles, and corned beef for a few weeks, I craved a juicy steak with chips. While at work that afternoon, I had a conversation with God about how I would love some steak with chips for dinner. I had a bag of potatoes at home, but I knew my freezer was empty.  You know that feeling of emptiness when opening your fridge door to discover nothing? You have opened it before, hoping to find something, yet it was empty again, well that was how I knew my freezer was empty.

When I got home that evening, I went straight to my freezer and opened it in faith that I would find something in there, and there it was, just like I believed it would be. Only one piece of steak, but enough to share between myself and the children. Not three pieces, but enough for us to share.

You see, sometimes God provides just what we need.  Sometimes He will provide more than what we need, but He will always provide, if we give our needs to Him, and stop trying to be in control.

I know its hard……believe me, when I say, “I know”!!  I am a total control freak, if you have ever seen one!!  For instance, I am a terrible passenger, even if it is my husband driving the vehicle. Although he’s an extremely good driver, I want to feel like; I am in control… I want to take over!  If you lift the mat on the passenger side of the car, you would most probably see my footprints embedded in the vehicle floor, as I hit the brakes harder than my husband does. My poor daughter refused to drive while I was in the car with her for many months until she felt more comfortable with her own driving skills.

To totally let go, and leave your fate up to God, is not at all something that comes easy, but it is possible. It takes work and dedication from our side, but if we spend enough time in the Word, if we meditate on it, and find our purpose in life, we will get there. But we need to make the choice.  If we choose to be negative and to be worried about everything, we will have to carry the consequences.

If you let fear and anxiety take over your life, it will slowly but surely take over your body, and soon enough you will be prone to all kinds of sickness and diseases. Where does fear and anxiety develop? In your thought life. So, if you need to change your thought life, you need to spend more time in the Word, because you cannot do this on your own, you will need the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

And in times like these, we will have to adapt to the new normal. We will need to make a Paradigm Shift in our minds about the new normal and how this pandemic is going to affect us. This is the time to think out of the box and change your old ways into new ways. If we don’t adapt, we’re going to be left behind.

The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren is a book that I really recommend. Having purpose in life, and knowing your purpose, makes a huge difference in the way we think and do things. If you think you need some guidance in life, I recommend that you click on the link below, to get this E-book.

The Purpose Driven Life

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