March Madness: Canceled
Disney World: Closed
Travel to Europe: Suspended
Canceled. Closed. Online. Suspended. Is anyone else tired of hearing these words?
It’s inevitable that you are a victim of canceled events, postponed trips, remote classes, and accomodating plans. Maybe it’s your senior year of college, and the last semester you thought you had with your friends has been significantly shortened. Maybe you had planned a trip to visit Europe over spring break, and now you will be home with your parents instead. Maybe you’ve been looking forward to the final showdown against your basketball team’s fiercest rival and now you will never know which team finished on top. This is the nature of the situation in our country and in our world. We are all feeling the weight of cancellations and disappointment. Let us tell you something you might need to hear;
You have permission to be disappointed.
Do you know that it’s not wrong to be disappointed? It’s not a sin to be sad. It’s ok to mourn the fact that the next few months will not be what you thought they would. And the beauty of the disappointment we face right now is that we are all in it together. You are not the only one in the world, the country, the town, the room that is feeling it. Cancellations are frustrating. But while we all agree on this, let us also realize this:
When everything else is canceled, there is One Thing that never is.
There is One Person who never cancels on us.
When everyone else says, “Our doors are closed.” God says, “My arms are open wide.”
Ephesians 2:17-18 “And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”
When the health department says, “Practice social distancing.” Jesus says, “Come to me.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”
When your social media feed shows nothing but hysteria and fear, the Holy Spirit says, “I will comfort you and give you peace.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
All of this is proof that God is bigger than the coronavirus.
Did you hear that?
We’ll say it again just in case: God is bigger than the coronavirus. Let’s entrust our hope, our future, and even our disappointment to Him. Because He can handle it!
Even when everything else in canceled, He never will. – from grace.edu