Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.Psalm 100:1-2
While sitting on the back step in the quiet of these slower mornings, I hear the birds. Wrens, juncos and robins—all of them singing a melody so sweet so joyful.
I wish there were a way to bottle this moment, to take hold of the peace, and carry it with me throughout the day.
When I hear the latest COVID-19 statistics, I wish there were a way to again drink in that early morning peace.
When I hear of loved ones struggling, I wish there were a way.
When I learn of friends out of work, I wish there were a way.
All of this wishing for a way reminds me of the song Way Maker, written by Sinach. And I find myself humming the tune, especially its repeated refrain:
Way maker. Miracle worker. Promise keeper. Light in the darkness—that is Who You are.
And I remember that He is my peace. He is the way and He is making a way.
He is making a way for a slower pace of life; causing me to take notice of what I had previously rushed past. He is making a way for deeper conversations with loved ones. He is making a way for contemplating what enriches my life and what is best set aside.
He works miracles. He keeps His promises. He is faithful.
And He never stops working, as “Way Maker” reminds us.
We have seen this all throughout the Bible. When life was uncertain, when circumstances looked unbearably bleak, and when all seemed lost, time and time again, our God was busy working His will. He was busy making a way for His people keeping His promises, often in the most spectacular and unexpected ways.
Sweet Friend, we do not know what the LORD is doing in and through this pandemic. How could we? His ways are higher than our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
What I do know—what I am confident of—is that He is doing and will continue to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. May that cause us to sing His praises and worship His name.
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
Consider how God is using COVID-19 to make a way in your life. Consider how you spent your time before the pandemic. What enriched your life? What depleted you and might be best set aside? Ask God to give you eyes to see some of what He is doing—some of the “more than we could ask or imagine.” Praise and worship Him for what He reveals.
Father, thank you for using COVID-19 to make a way for me to experience more of You. Show me what has enriched my life and what is best set aside. Give me eyes to see the “more than I could ask or imagine” that You are doing in, through and around me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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