I don’t know if you noticed right away, but my eyes are stained with tears in this photo. And yet there is genuine joy behind this smile.
I was tired. It was April 12, and God had woken me in the middle of the night with a message.
I’ll save the details for another time, but I found these words I wrote back at the start of quarantine, and I wanted to share the encouragement that I believe still applies today… a day so many months later when we are still being affected by this crazy pandemic—⠀⠀
God called Abraham in a time of infertility.
God called Moses in a time of slavery.
God can most certainly call us in a time of quarantine.⠀⠀
Each of these heroes had doubts.
Each of these heroes made mistakes.
But ultimately these heroes were used by God—for His purposes and for His glory.
If Abraham could rise up from infertility to step into God’s promise of being the father of many nations,
If Moses could rise up from slavery to deliver God’s people to the Promised Land,
Then certainly we can rise up from quarantine to whatever greatness God is calling us to, to whatever promise lies ahead.
He tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for you to prosper, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
When the future seems uncertain and when the horizon seems unclear, would we cling tightly to the promises of God, to the certainty of His character. And would we boldly step forward in faith, and in discipline of obedience. To trust. In Truth.
“As I walk this great unknown
Questions come and questions go
Was there purpose for the pain?
Did I cry these tears in vain?”
-Tenth Avenue North
There is purpose in the pain.
There is growth in the waiting.
Find rest in this truth today.