“When will this be OVER? I’m TIRED!!”. That was the young voice I recently heard while in a local store shopping for groceries. As I looked around, I saw several people nodding in agreement. This child had expressed what many (if not almost all) of us were thinking.
We are tired!
We want all this to be OVER!
So what’s a Disciple of Christ to do in the middle of all this? What does BEing a disciple of Christ look like in these challenging days?
Tune in to His presence. Imagine being with your best friend. S/He is right next to you (maybe 6 feet apart, but with you nonetheless). You could pretend s/he wasn’t there, right? You could ignore them, right? But that won’t change the fact that s/he is there, right with you. You can choose whether or not to pay attention to them, whether or not to “tune in” to them, to talk with them, to share your day/life with them. Christ is the best, most amazing best friend you’ll ever have. He is right beside you no matter what (no 6 foot rule required!). “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Jesus, in Matthew 28:20. When you “tune in” to His presence, you open yourself to receive all the love, forgiveness, strength, light, and life He can give (and that’s more than you could ever imagine!).
Lean on Christ. Look for His presence every moment, in every place, in every situation you face. He is here, there, and everywhere. Not just present, but ready to give you all you need to get through whatever you are facing.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”– Jesus, in Matthew 11:28-30
Magnify and share His presence. These are tough times. Many are struggling. Many are confused. The world seems to be changing in unpredictable and lightning fast ways. We need an anchor, and God provides that anchor in Christ. Here’s what the apostle Paul, living in just such tumultuous, unpredictable times, says: “I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
No matter what, Christ will be our anchor, especially in times such as these. When we tune in to His presence, lean on Him, and magnify/share His presence, we will discover we have all we need (and so much more) to get through anything, anytime, anywhere!
May it be so for you. I hold each of you close to my heart in prayer during these challenging (but not defeating) days, that you will experience the full power and presence of Christ leading you through, and onward in His love and power.