Certain Help in Uncertain times
How easy will it be to just drown out the fear, anxiety, and uncertainties in activities? There are a lot of feelings flying around; a lot of news, and a lot of opinions. Just so many feelings rushing in at once, crashing into one another and leaving us shaken to our very core.
It’s quite tempting to numb out all the emotions we are feeling with subtle engagements like chatting with friends, watching movies, gisting, surfing the internet, eating, sleeping, talking and gisting and a host of other things that we think might help us cope in this uncertain period… And no, there is nothing wrong with using any of these means to unwind, but when they become our go-to for comfort or solace, the end result won’t be good. You know why? No one can answer the questions in our minds like the Holy Spirit.
No one can give us the assurance that we eagerly searching for; that confirmation that everything will be okay; except the one that knows the end from the very beginning.
No one can calm our fear of possible famine as a result of low production like the one that took care of the Zarephath widow.
No one can keep us company in this lonely times like the ever-present help in time of trouble. Looking up to a carnal man like yourself for comfort in trying times as this is too much burden to place on anyone.
The arms of flesh will fail us if rely on it for our survival. It will create even bigger voids and leave us more vulnerable to these feelings of fear and anxiety if we trust in it. No amount of comedy or throwing of shade at the government will lift this gathering cloud of uncertainties hanging over our heads.
If you have been indulging in these things I mentioned, you will bear witness that they give instant gratification but leaves a massive emptiness thereafter. Dependence on this means of “unwinding” to stay afloat during these times is a no-go area. There will be times that your numbing mechanism will be unavailable and then you will start to feel yourself slipping away with no anchor to hold your soul. The feelings you thought you numbed start coming back in enormous waves and pangs!
So what do we do? The fear is real, the uncertainties are scary and we can not just pretend that we are not feeling it. I am a child of God but I’m still human and I can’t pretend that I don’t feel these things. I do and I want to believe I’m not the only one.
So how do we stay afloat at a time like this? Which anchor is best to hold us up while we are still here? It is the anchor of FAITH in the CERTAINTY of the PRESENCE of GOD in our lives. I know some children of God aren’t really afraid of dying, they just don’t wanna go to their eternal home following a deadly sickness or a famine of food.
But you know what? Even though we pass through the valley of the shadow of death, the presence of the Lord is still with us. Let the chaos rise and climb, the secret place of the most high is never filled to capacity. There’s always room for more people.
When your heart starts to get overwhelmed with the statistics and postulations, run into the strong tower of the most high. Run into the name of Jesus and lay down your fears and worries. Burdens are lifted at calvary. No one knows what you feel like the Lord.
The loneliness, the fear of your food reserve running out during total lockdown, your fear of needing medical assistance during the lockdown, your fear that you are susceptible because of a weakened immune system, your fear of losing your job if this goes on much longer, the fear of power going out totally (or running out of mobile data and being ultimately isolated from the rest of the world) and the fear that this might be the beginning of the end…
No one understands you all too well like your creator. Turn to the secret place and talk with your father. If you can’t pray talk. If you can’t talk write it down. Whatever you do, let Him be the one you turn to for the ultimate help.
If you are the writing type like me, then let’s do this exercise together.
Gpet a small cartoon and seal it off with sellotape or any other glue. Then make a hole at the top; slim enough to allow a paper slip to pass through. Then label it as PRAYER BOX. Anytime you are overwhelmed or worried about a piece of news you just saw or heard, write out your feelings and ask God to help with it, then slip it into the box and leave it there. Let the everlasting arm carry you.
Trusting that the Lord that saw Zacchaeus hanging on the tree and knew his heart desire before he even got to him can see your written note addressed to him.
Knowing fully well with faith in our hearts that he that answered the unasked question of Nathaniel will give answers of peace to your burning concerns and queries.
Take a little bit at a time. Know your limits and stick to it. If going online for the latest updates is leaving you so sad and probably shaking your faith too much, then restrict your news viewing. Your heart is the battleground. If you loose within, you won’t be able to conquer without.
Nourish your heart with God’s words as often as possible.
I can’t say it enough that we are pilgrims here. When your heart is getting overwhelmed, remind yourself that you are just a pilgrim here. This is not your home. We have are just here for a while. And when God says it’s time to come home, we will be glad to return to the giver of all life. But not a moment earlier than our time.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.