As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.John 9:1-3
In the midst of this pandemic, have you questioned God? WHY is happening? When will You hear and answer Your people’s cry?
Our world is in chaos and we are questioning many things. Some us may even be questioning if there really is a God.
In the Gospel reading this morning, I was reminded of a little book that is my go to when I am struggling, especially when I struggle to surrender my circumstance to God and conform to His will in my life. In this little book, “Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret of Peace and Happiness,” so much of life circumstances become so clear and surrendering becomes easier. When you are in the middle of a natural disaster, a life trial, a struggle, recovering from a deep wound, etc., have you ever considered that aside from sin, “nothing happens to us in life unless God wills it so?”
The beauty of our Christian faith is finding God in the center of all circumstances. Like the eye of a hurricane, God is the calm in the storm, in the center of the disaster. If He is at the center of the world today in the midst of the Coronavirus, what is He wanting us to see, feel, and believe? What works of His is he making visible to us today in this pandemic that we are all struggling with?
Usually it’s after the storm has passed that we see where God’s hands and feet were. It’s when we can look back on it and reflect that we see the goodness that came from the disaster. In many cases, it is communities coming together revealing more of Christ in each other than any other time. During these times, we thirst and hunger more for God in our lives. We cry out to Him to shed His love and mercy upon us.
What this little book has showed me is that God brings goodness through all things, even disasters we are faced with. His hands are present revealing something to us. In His mercy, there is always “womb love,” an unconditional love, waiting for us to embrace as His sons and daughters.
Will you embrace it?
I invite you to ask yourself, what is God revealing to you in the midst of the Coronavirus that you need to grow closer in relationship to Him? Perhaps there is something in your life you need to change. Maybe it is just seeing your neighbor as Christ and being Christ to your neighbor.
The media tells us to be fearful, but God tells us to be hopeful in His goodness, embrace His love and mercy. Let us not be in darkness but allow the light to shine upon us. “For light produces every kind of goodness…” Ephesians 5:9
Reveal your heart in this time of crisis. May the peace of the LORD be with you always as you surrender your life to the Will of His.