Sometimes it feels like you’re living your life inside a parenthesis. Your life story seemed to be moving along just fine, and suddenly it seems like someone pushed the “pause” button. Covid-19 hasn’t stopped the world, but it certainly has changed how we do life. Is it possible to not just survive this time of parenthesis but actually thrive? When I think of the fruit that grows in the fields, I realize that fruit weathers many storms and unpredictable days. How can we make the most of what we are going through? Instead of complaining about being bored, maybe we should seek the Lord for how He would have us fill the hours of our days. Let’s first ask the Lord to help us think right about this unusual season. This brings us to the Word of God. The young man Joshua found himself of the edge of the Promised Land…a vast unknown land filled with adventure and danger. For him to act on his own emotions or impulses would bring disaster and defeat to himself and those he led. He needed God’s thoughts. Here is what God told him. “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:8-9). The only way to know God’s way is through God’s Word. Those who love the Lord and His Word discover His words to be more powerful than negative thoughts and fickle emotions. During this stay-at-home time, we need to know what God is saying to us. This “parenthesis” is a great opportunity to saturate ourselves in the Bible. My suggestion is to start reading the Book of John slowly and carefully. Think about what Scripture said to the people back then and what God is saying to us now. Write down what stands out to you. Then pray over what you have read. This discipline is not too hard. When you do right things, you feel right thoughts. Please start today…you won’t regret feeding your soul on His thoughts for you! Take this “pause” in your life and make it a special part of your story!
Pastor Mark Boucher