In times like these, we see that life indeed can be a battle. It actually is all the time, when you come right down to it, but when all control is taken away, you realize the battle more.
Pandemics and not new.
The AIDS pandemic between 2005 – 2012 killed approximately 36 Million people
The Hong Kong Flu in 1968, 1 Million
The Asian Flu 1956-58, 2 Million
The Flu Pandemic of 1918, Between 20-50 Million
Jumping back to the 1300’s, the Bubonic Plague or Black Death, killed between 75-200 Million people… nearly the population of the United States generally speaking, if you want to have a context.
Thank God for our current ability and science to come up with cures and vaccines, but we will still lose many when a new disease hits. Out of nowhere we are now quarantined, our economic stability is threatened, we see how fragile life actually is. Indeed… the battle is raging.
However… the above quote does not guarantee we will get on board with this reality. We all have a choice as to how we are going to respond in crisis. Today, I had an online seminar dealing with our inner root systems; historic trauma, unforgiveness, bitterness in the heart, etc. with between 400-500 people. The response was overwhelming. People were hungry to engage in the face of the isolation, and in the face or our mortality… it’s not business as usual. There is no control, no guarantees, no stability, nothing that we can latch onto that will make us feel 100% safe and sound. But not all will got on board with this reality, and wait for “things to get back to normal”, to “feel” stable again.
The reality is, the world and all its trappings never can will be able to provide that. It’s an illusion. Everything and everybody fades away. There needs to be an anchor in the heart that is other than this.
We will all need to find that anchor. For me that anchor is God. Specifically Jesus Christ. In the book of Hebrews chapter 6 it tells us this:
18-20 “We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us…”
“Reaching past all appearances.” Everything in the world “appears” to be solid and firm until the boat rocks, the pandemics come, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, fires, and more. Until you experience it, it’s not real. But here it is. Question is, will we invest the time, heart and energy to discover that version of ourselves that exists, but only to those willing to trust in something bigger than themselves, who is the only trustworthy entity in the universe that will remain when all else is shaken away.
My prayer for all of us is that we respond to this season in such a way. You have the opportunity to discover the most genuine you, but it requires letting go of all the false comforts, false forms of security, and false self, and release your trust to a more reliable source than yourself, your money, and your own abilities to hold it all together. This my friends, is freedom.
Love you all.