This morning I did something a little different than I normally do. Normally, I brew some coffee and read and write. Today, I still did those things but after I’m done I usually begin checking emails and “working.” Not today. Instead, I went into the living room and just sat there. Leaving my phone in a different room all I had with me was a cup of coffee. Full disclosure: it’s NOT easy for me to just sit and do nothing. I don’t feel productive, I think of all the things I could be doing, and so on…
But today was different. My family has had a lot of uncertainty and stress the past several days, as has all of you! Our world is all facing the same pandemic and it’s taking a tole on all of us. Today, I felt God urging me to just sit and be still. If you know anything about Enneagram 8’s, that’s the hardest thing but the most transformative thing for us to do. But I consented to being still.
In the midst of feeling like I could be doing anything else, I started to become hyper aware of how good God is. My mind went to how I’ve seen Him guide me throughout the years. It caused me to stop and think about our baby girl who will be here in June and how much of a miracle that will be (we were told it wasn’t going to happen). It went to how blessed I am to have married my wife. It caused me to be abundantly thankful for the simple things like the small pond outside our house or Chick-Fil-A!
For someone with my wiring and having to stay mostly indoors and away from people I can feel very unproductive. But this pandemic is actually causing me to rely more fully on God and not be anxious that I’m not “doing all that I can and normally do.” Ministry is taking a new shift right now as a result and I think many pastors are stressed thinking they’re going to lose their church or that it’s up to them to make sure things keep going. Our efforts pale in comparison to God’s working in people’s lives.
We must continue to work but remember that it’s not in our efforts that people come to know God. It’s only through His power and His grace to use our efforts. That gives me a lot of comfort as I search for ways to still be productive during this unique time. Today, I encourage you to simply practice a moment of being still and remembering how good God is and how He provides for us in the best and worst times. Maybe you can share that on your social media outlets to give others a boost of encouragement today.