We are all struggling with the stresses of work and home and social distancing. Some of us got laid off within the past few weeks. I was one of those people.

Some of us got sick or are recovering. Some of us are struggling to entertain and teach our children on a daily basis. Some of us work in the health care field and have to deal with very sick people who are scared and irrational. Some of us still have to work from home. And those of with small kids that require a lot of attention, trying to work at the same time can be extremely frustrating.

Our culture has taught us to keep our lives as busy as possible. That we should be working 60-70 hours a week with a part-time job on top of that. But when everything comes to a screeching halt, we struggle to find contentment and happiness in enjoying the time God has given us.

The truth is, that if we believe that God is truly in control, then he has given us this time.

So how are we using it? Do you spend more time watching the news or opening scripture and studying the Bible? Do you spend more time on Facebook than talking walks and looking at God’s beauty?

I would encourage you during this time, to turn off the news. Reset, open scripture. Sit outside in the sun on these clear days and feel its warmth, listening to the birds.

God is in control. Stay connected with your small group. Turn off the noise, and turn to God. Place your worry, anxiousness, and stress at his feet.

I am reminded of Paul talking about this “thorn in his side,” a hardship he had to endure, where he discovers a new understanding of grace: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, ESV).

Rest in his grace.

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