Here we are. 2020 is half over and some feel as if they haven’t lived much of it. One social media post lamented a most wasted purchase was a 2020 planner. It has been an unsettling few months.
Children completed school at home; graduations didn’t happen or were in shifts of limited number; weddings were postponed; and grievers didn’t receive hugs or have funerals. Isolation and social distancing affected relationships. Some people gained weight from the availability of snacks at home and nowhere to go. Turmoil in our country has left us unsettled, questioning, and hopefully, praying.
So as has been my practice, I walked in my neighborhood this morning. Aside from an occasional “Good Morning” to a neighbor, exchanging a few words about the weather, and cautiously adjusting my gait to uneven pavement, I prayed, talked to myself, and reflected on “unsettled”.
I have an unsettled travel insurance claim for a trip that didn’t happen in March. I was unsettled when my air conditioner failed, and I lived in a 90-degree house for several days. Then once repaired, it failed again, and required another repair. My house was unsettled as I dealt with ceiling damage in that second repair. It’s unsettling to go to a restaurant and wonder about social distancing or servers wearing (or not wearing) masks and gloves. Those minor temporal issues -inconveniences- pale in comparison to an unsettled spirit.
About the faith expressed when my daughters as preschoolers in Sunday school, sang about building on firm solid rock versus unsettling sand.
On scripture that encourages me when life falls apart:
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6 NIV
On my mind: There are many voices shouting opinions, speculation, facts. Where do I land? My prayer is let God choose the way I think (Romans 12: 1-2) and for me to focus on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8 NIV)
On peace that is mine when my reflection is rightly placed.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)
On hope: ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lamentations 3:24 NASB) Portions are sufficient; He is enough.
Once I returned home, and poured a glass of ice water, I continued to reflect, but it’s your turn.
What truth guides you to a firm foundation in your unsettled places?