Can I take you back to 31st December 2019?
A time when most of us were looking forward to entering the year 2020 with lots of possibilities in mind.
The possibilities of buying that first home, the dream car, applying for the perfect job, visiting that new country. For others, it may have been getting out of financial hardship, re-establishing broken relationships, spending more quality time with loved ones. The list was endless. With these possibilities in mind, we all made plans to achieve these goals and for the most part, things seemed to be going according to plan in January, in February and then came March 2020.
A time that will be recorded in the history books as the period, when the entire world was brought to a standstill because of the COVID-19. Suddenly plans for people, communities and for nations changed because of this unforeseen event, leaving most of us fearful and uncertain about what the future holds. Most of our plans are now either temporarily paused or are thrown out of the window and the focus seems to have shifted to “survival” as we isolate ourselves from one another.
Isolation can be a very lonely and depressing place, especially when there is no certainty of when the period of isolation will end. We try to use social media to keep in touch with the people around us, but when it is all said and done, nothing beats being able to be in the company of the people you love and care for.
Although current times prevent us from being able to spend time with one another, God’s word says that we have a friend, who sticks closer than a brother. This friend transcends the limitations of a lockdown and has complete immunity to COVID-19. This friend is able to provide the comfort and company we need in this period of isolation.
I would also like to add that He is the ultimate Healer for all sicknesses and diseases. This friend is JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God. Isaiah 53:5 says “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes, we are healed.”
As we approach Easter, be reminded of what JESUS CHRIST did for you and I. He came down to earth to pay the price for our sins so that we can have a relationship with Him. A relationship that provides the peace we need to get through times of uncertainty. A relationship that allows us to have a different perspective on life and make the right decisions. A relationship that gives the healing and restoration our souls need. A relationship that takes the focus off of “survival” to “living life” to its fullest, even in this period, because that is what JESUS CHRIST died to give us; life more abundantly whatever the season.
The Coronavirus has forced most of us to change our plans for this year, and I dare say unwillingly. Can I encourage you to change your plan and include getting to know JESUS as your Lord and personal saviour? He is the One we need the most in this period of isolation. God bless.