The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?
It’s a nightmare! It’s a flipping nighmare!
But, it could be worse. Just think about those people less well off than us.
Both of these thoughts live in our heads at the same time. The experience of how bad things feel, the pain of feeling alone and the desperation of not knowing if things are going to get better. But at the same time we stop and think positive thoughts – we count our blessings, and think of those worse off. It seems to be a contradiction, to have both in our minds at the same time. But in Psalm 22, we see just this:
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. 4 In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Do you hear it? The first 2 verses are a cry of deperation. They are the words that Jesus used on the cross. This is how we feel sometimes: anguish, no rest, forsaken, alone. But (and it’s a big but), the psalm then turns immediately to God and David reminds himself that God is on His throne, and was trusted in the past.
As you read through the rest of the psalm, you see both of these. David’s honesty about how he feels in his sitatuation, and then reminding himself who God is, and what He’s going to do. It’s right, it’s good to cry out to God in your pain, loneliness and worry – do it, shout it, cry. But don’t stop there – then remind yourself who He is, what He has done before – and ask Him to come and meet again with you and with the world around you.
Have blessed day. Love in Him, Matt