By @DeenaAdams on DeenaAdams.com
We are living in unprecedented times, and fear is a real enemy among us.
If you’ve read the Bible, you know scriptures abound with instructions not to fear and to know God is with us. I’ll remind us of a few.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1
I need this in my life right now in a big way, don’t you?
The doctor diagnosed my mother with stage IIIC ovarian cancer two weeks ago and, with the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down businesses across the country, everything is taking longer and her chemo treatments have been delayed.
When my mind wants to latch on to fear and camp out on every negative possibility, my spirit trusts in the sovereignty of God and the truth that He has my mom in the palm of His hand.
I have to trust that when she can’t begin treatments, God is protecting her from something worse.
Sonlight Church began as a church plant just over twenty years ago. We’ve been portable all this time and haul several trailers filled with carts each week to set up and break down equipment as we transform a middle school into a house of worship.
In December, we began negotiations with a storefront landlord to rent space for our church. We jumped through hoop after hoop to receive approval to rent the facility.
It seemed God had removed every obstacle, and we purchased 150 chairs for the space, which are non-refundable, paid for architectural drawings of the space, and began plans to move in just before Easter 2020.
After further discussion on a couple of minor issues in the lease, we came to an agreement. My husband signed the lease in January and sent it back to the landlord for his signature.
A businessman had made an offer to purchase the building and asked the landlord not to rent the space to us until they could review the lease and determine if they wanted to honor the terms.
We had 150 chairs on order, five large-screen televisions in our garage for the space, and a church full of excited people ready to have a facility we could use 24/7 and no longer have to set up and break down each week. Talk about deflating.
It confused us.
When the Coronavirus came on the scene and our local schools closed the beginning of March, our church was out of a meeting space.
But churches with buildings are now out of a meeting space too.
The difference in us and them? They still have to make mortgage/rent payments and we don’t.
If our lease had gone through, we’d be in the middle of a construction project and paying a monthly lease payment we may not be able to afford with church tithes and offerings projected to drop while not meeting together.
Could God have kept us from getting so far in the process and losing money on the drawings, chairs, and an Easter mailer we paid to have printed we can no longer use? Yes, He could have. Why didn’t He?
We’ve yet to hear anything from the building buyer, but I plan to trust Jesus through our church’s circumstances, along with my husband’s job in the aftermath of this pandemic, the fallout economically on our own personal finances and that of our country, and my mother’s health concerns.
God is still on the throne and He’s not surprised by anything that has happened in my life or in yours, or around the world.
There’s a lot of disappointment going around right now. Weddings canceled. Graduations. Immediate family only at funerals. No visitors to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities. Exchange students being shipped back to their countries early. Not to mention the health and welfare of those still out there working each day exposing themselves to the virus, or those who’ve lost loved ones through this terrible disease. The list goes on and on.
The world is literally in chaos.
People are in a panic. We’ve seen that through the empty shelves in the grocery stores.
Where is your trust? Where is your hope?
I pray it’s in the one true God and no other. He is faithful. He is good.
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8
May you find comfort in this song by Lauren Daigle, “Peace Be Still.”
Join the conversation. How are you holding up through the Coronavirus pandemic? How can I pray for you? Have you found comfort in God’s Word through this time or in other crisis situations you’re facing? What scriptures speak peace to your troubled soul?