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?
Karaoke. I sang my first ever karaoke song at a wedding reception a few months ago. My friend sang “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” by the Kinks. I took an easier route and went for “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra.
Come fly with me, we’ll fly, we’ll fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There’s a bar in far Bombay
Come on fly with me, we’ll fly, we’ll fly away
Now, I’m not sure I fancy some exotic booze from a bar in Bombay (Mumbai). However, at times I wish I could just fly away. Let’s just get out of here. Let’s get to Bombay, Peru or Acapulco – somewhere that’s different. Away from the trouble.
Psalm 55 and David is in trouble again, he’s under pressure, and he is wanting to just get away:
4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. 5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.’
This feeling will be familiar. My heart is in pain. My circumstances are fearful. My mind is worried. Just get me out of here. This is the root of so much of what we do to make ourselves feel better – drinking, distractions, drugs – they just take us out of our discomfort for a while.
David prays for God to help.
16 As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. 17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
This is the prayer to pray when we feel like flying away. When it feels like we are overwhelmed and just want to escape. Pray like this – morning, noon and night. He will hear.
But, and it’s a big but. How does God answer the prayer?
22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
God doesn’t let David fly away like a dove and hide. He sustains him. He holds him up. He strengthens him to keep going. He doesn’t let him be shaken.
This is what God does, this is how he answers. He says to us in the midst of our anguish, our fear, our struggling circumstances – “Throw your worries onto me – and I will keep you going.”
It may not be the answer we were looking for – but it’s what He does, again and again. David knew it. I know it. And I pray that you will know it today.
May you know Him sustaining you today. Love Matt