In a recent edition of the newsletter published by Church Extension Fund, Mark Etting wrote an article entitled “A Silver Lining.” Since I think it probable that many of you do not get that publication and I thought that his ideas were helpful, today I will share some of that article with you. He writes…
“The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many emotions, including anxiety, fear, impatience, resentment and sadly even hatred, but it has also given many a fresh outlook on life. It has offered them the opportunity to slow down, spend quality time with their family and realize the wonderful opportunities that have been there all along.”
All over social media you can see parents teaching, playing, laughing, and praying together. You see families coming together. Yes, the past few months have had more than its fair share of hardships. Millions have lost their jobs or had their income drastically cut and cabin fever has driven people to the brink of insanity. But through the storm a silver lining is beginning to reveal itself. We can choose to only see the dark clouds that remain, or we can see the silver lining and find hope – a hope that I believe God wants us to see. Unfortunately, it often takes extreme darkness before we can actually see the light.
Because many parents lost much of their income due to the pandemic, it became difficult to purchase the new video game to help look after their kids. Instead they have been forced to come up with new creative ways to keep their kids busy – and keep from losing their minds. Parents who had trouble finding time with their kids because all the extracurricular activities were overwhelming them, suddenly found themselves forced into teaching their kids, having meals together and talking about life.
Everything we were working so hard to obtain because we thought we needed it to be happy, was suddenly gone and what was left was an opportunity to spend time as a family and learn about what really matters to us. We can work our whole life to provide the nicest house, the finest clothes, the best meals, and the most expensive toys, but if we don’t take the time to invest in what really matters – our loved ones, then eventually we will wake up and realize we were focusing our time on all the wrong things.”
Mr. Etting’s words remind me of Romans 8:28:
“…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Whenever I read that verse a little saying runs through my mind, “All means all and that is all, all means!” Even in the discomfort and distress of this pandemic, God is working for our good. Let’s be his faithful and prayerful people so that we can identify that good when it comes.
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