Daily Devotional 3-19-20

When Life Seems Paused 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

For many people, their regular schedule has been altered, if not halted. Daily rhythms and routines have been tweaked in small but significant ways. And, some may not know how to respond to these change. Having your kids at home all day at this time can be unnerving, especially when spring break plans have been canceled. The limited movement can also be very discomforting. Now, we all have to make new plans to adapt to the changes, after all, life must go on. All this can be very overwhelming.

The Psalmist recognized his vulnerability to being overwhelmed, but He was also cognizant of the leadership of God. He, therefore, entrusted his life to the guidance of the presence of God during turbulent times. When he wasn’t sure of the next plans, and the future seemed quite unknown and uncertain, he leaned on the Rock of Ages for safety and refuge. 

Allow this storm to carry you to the arms of Christ. Let Him be at the center of it all. This can be an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and those close to you. You can create some sabbatical moments for yourself to could help refocus on God. It can be an opportunity to mend some long-standing relationships. So, call some people and have really important conversations with them. This, I believe, is a time to come together. Make something out of this downtime. It could be a gift in the storm.

PRAYER: Gracious God, help us keep a positive attitude in this season. May we have the right heart and responses to those around us.