Every new circumstance brings opportunities as well as challenges. I am certain that the disruptions we’ve seen in recent months have no doubt caused many to consider the frailty of life and are a great opportunity to point people to the security and surety we have in a relationship with our Lord and Saviour.
They are also a great motivation to encourage people to come to God in their point of need, be it unemployment, separation from loved ones, or simply the worry the current circumstances generate. They say there are no atheists in fox holes, and this pandemic is increasingly looking like a war zone with streets emptying and hospitals scrambling to get ready.
We saw God answer prayers over our concerns for rain, and we have every reason to again come to the Lord regarding this current situation, because we know ‘His will will be done’. So, it seems to me, the first great opportunity the current situation brings is a chance to connect with our loving heavenly father in prayer about every aspect of what’s happening. If you end up at home and have the choice between Netflix and talking to the living God, let me encourage you to make the right decision.
The second opportunity the situation gives us is to love those around us. We are seeking to put in place a range of options to encourage our church family to keep in touch, love one another, and do what we can to help each other keep trusting in our Lord.
First stops are our website, Facebook page and WhatsApp connections. But don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of our Pastoral Staff. We’d love to chat and see how you are travelling in the midst of everything.
Until then, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 ).