Ever heard the expression by John Lennon that “life is what happens to you while you are busy marketing other plans?”
We are all likely asking questions during the pandemic about “what’s next” as we hope that things will soon return to some semblance of normal. There is a great deal of uncertainty in our futures. When will the virus be controlled? What about the unrest in our nation? What about the upcoming election? When will we be able to resume international travel and mission trips?
I ran across an article written by Pastor Rick Warren that I think is worth sharing with our DCF family. It is about 7 truths to hang on to during the covid-19 crisis. These are unchangeable in spite of today’s uncertainty.
- Not everything that you hear is true. Act out of knowledge of the facts, not fear.
- Not everyone is at equal risk in the pandemic. Take prudent precautions.
- This will pass. The Bible predicts trials, but they won’t last forever.
- Focus on what’s unchanging not on what is changing. Be flexible, but rememberHebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God’scall on our lives to love and serve has not changed.
- God will go through it with you. ”I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb 13:5Focus on the truth, not on the noise on the internet. Replace worry with worship.
- This is not the end of the story. We don’t know what the future holds, but we doknow who holds it. There won’t be covid in heaven.
- God wants to use us and our churches to help others. Even in the uncertainty,there’s an open door for ministry. Allow the Holy Spirit to control instead of emotions.
In spite of challenges brought on by the pandemic, the DCF leadership is still meeting and seeking creative ways to interact with students. The good news of the gospel is never more needed than today. Colossians 3:2 offers a challenge, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying something interesting about life. “My mother told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God’s plan, even the most disheartening setbacks. In the end everything worked out for the best.”
Please know that everyone who has been a part of DCF over the years is a part of that plan that Reagan refers. I can look back and see so many wonderful places, faces, and times. I can spend time worrying about today, or trust in God’s providence to work all things out for good and for His glory. The choice is ours.
Love to each of you, Dr. Bill