What God Taught Me Through COVID-19
A couple of weeks ago, our Lead Pastor at First Burleson encouraged the staff to think through lessons we’ve learned during COVID-19. He felt very strongly that God was trying to show us something through this pandemic. I couldn’t agree more! I think that every trial we are asked to walk through has a purpose in it and lessons to learn from it. So, I decided to make this week’s blog post the 4 lessons God has taught me through COVID-19.
1. Give God full control.
If there is one thing I’ve learned during this time, its that I love to have control over my life and my schedule. All of us had plans for these last 2.5 months that got canceled, whether it was a graduation, wedding, or life as usual. What I have come to realize is that I can make all the plans my heart desires but, ultimately it is God who determines what actually happens. Now, my response to this can wither be to sulk and wish things were different, or I can trust that God is writing a beautiful story in the and trust that He knows what He is doing.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
2. Quit chasing comfort.
I tend to have a death-grip on what is safe, normal, and comfortable and tend to reject anything that seems like it will stretch me. I like the feeling of comfort in my normal day-to-day routine and I think most of us do too. However, we aren’t called to be comfortable. As the quote goes, “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” God used this pandemic to shake things up and remove the comfort crutch in our lives. As we return to ‘normal’ I pray that I don’t slip back into the rut I had my life and ministry in. I pray that I would lean on God for comfort and direction into the uncomfortable places He may lead me.
Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.
3. Feed faith and not fear.
I have come to see that watching the news isn’t for me during this pandemic. While it’s wise to stay informed on the numbers, the best practices, and the guidelines from leaders, I have come to see that I tend to feed fear more than I feed my faith. Looking at all the heartbreaking news stories caused me to get tunnel vision and wonder why God would allow this to happen. Through the weeks, I have been challenged to have faith that even though the situation looks grim, God has a plan and I can put my faith in Him.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected I love.
4. Embrace the slower pace.
This last lesson is big. Right before the COVID-19 came to the United States I was feeling stretched thin. I was running around from all of my commitments and relationships, feeling guilty all along the way because I couldn’t devote the time that each of them needed. Through this time of a slower pace, I have really begun to reprioritize my life and hope to keep them straight as we return to ‘normal.’
I also have loved the slower pace because I have been able to check the state of my heart. Before the pandemic, I would get so caught up in the busyness of life that I would forget to pause and check-in with myself to see how I was actually doing. Now, there is time to be still. Moving forward, I pray that I don’t miss these moments with my Maker to assess the state of my heart and my relationship with Him.
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Throughout this blog post, I mentioned several times that things are starting to return to ‘normal.’ But I pray that moving forward, life is anything but normal. I don’t want to go back to the old way I used to live my life. I want to give God control, quit chasing the comforts I once did, and walk in faith at this slower pace of life.
If you’re reading this, I would encourage you to do the same. Write down lessons that you’ve learned during this pandemic and hold on to them as we move forward.