Let not your hearts be troubled—you believe in God—believe also in Me.” John 14:1
It was a year ago…as in 365 days. In March 2020, our world changed. We received word that our schools would be shutting down for at least two weeks because of a new virus that was spreading around the world—COVID19. The virus itself had not really impacted our small part of the world—yet—but regardless the concern over safety prevailed. Parents were scrambling for babysitters and the kids were pretty happy for two weeks of “snow days.”
In the early days, and the later days for that matter, we didn’t know what to do. That really didn’t change for a long time so basically we had to settle for others telling us what to do. As a church, our leadership met on Sunday morning after services, March 15, and decided to support the community and move services off campus to Facebook (which thankfully we were already doing) and our radio broadcast. Little did we know that it would be 10 weeks before we met on campus together again. And when we did meet, well, things were different.
So, Tuesday of that week, March 17th, I sat down and wrote a short post for Facebook to try and encourage our church family in those unsettling times. It was very much appreciated and since the unsettling times didn’t end…I didn’t stop writing and now, a year later, 365 days later—the keys are still clicking on my keyboard. In the midst of the pandemic, God gave me yet another opportunity—another way—to share and encourage people.
So what follows was that original post. I hope it still encourages you today. The truth is still the same—and always will be. And let me thank you for reading and sharing—for staying with me. I think I have discovered that no matter what, there will be opportunities to tell a story and let you know that, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne
A Word of Encouragement: The story is told of a Christian lady who had cancer. Her pastor went to see, encourage and pray with her. Toward the end of the visit, her pastor asked if he could pray with and for her. Her response was, “yes, of course.” That wasn’t surprising. What happened next was.
When he asked how he should pray, her response was totally unexpected. He assumed it would be for healing but instead she said, “Pastor, pray that I would not waste this suffering.” Waste.This.Suffering.
She was wise enough to know that the God she believed in was sovereign, was in control and was a kind, merciful and loving God. She also knew that He was wise and that this had been allowed into her life for a purpose–His purpose.
God’s word says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
I admit I’m baffled by a lot of what is happening around me. Just when I think I can’t be surprised…I am. But I’m not baffled about God. He is working in our circumstances to bring glory to His name and strengthen our faith.
So God has this. He isn’t asking us to understand…He is only asking us to trust Him. And believe me…He has a track record of always getting it right. God bless you today…trust Him…He’s got this. Brother Dewayne
2 thoughts on “A Word of Encouragement- One Year Later”
Thank you for the encouragement and for helping us to see thru the fog of life to help us understand how to handle things we don’t quite see so clearly. It’s like sitting down and putting my glasses on! Now I can see!! Thank you Bro Dewayne! God bless you in all you do
What great words of encouragement Gerry. Thank you so much for sharing them and for reading. It is people like you and your words that keep me writing. Thanks again and God bless you. Bro. D