Thankfully, this is only a glimpse of our world’s backdrop and not at all the full reality. Taking our lense and widening our scope we will see a landscape so different and filled with hope.
“God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.” Psalm 47:8
This truth changes the scenery dramatically! God’s viewpoint, perspective, power, dominion, and eternal character has always been and will remain the same. This truth that we know, but rarely put “front and center” in our daily living, must now be our “MAIN” stay.
Reflecting and anchoring ourselves on Scripture: Psalm 91:1 and Psalm 103:19, can not only be a center, right for our own hearts, but for our neighbors and a lost world as well.
“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;” Psalm 91:1
Our backgrounds are getting the attention they have desperately needed. No one knows for sure when this current status will be updated and we will be able to check-in at our favorite places again. For now, we can give praise to the fact that our backgrounds are getting the attention they have desperately needed.
Most importantly though, we can take comfort in this fact: Being forced to push our backgrounds to the forefront will produce fruit that only eternity can measure. To God be the glory and praise!
One More Small Book
In this small format, eight-page, hardback book, When Trouble Comes, Jim Berg presents four truths for believers who are facing a crisis of life. These truths act as “spiritual CPR” to stabilize Christians, or those they are helping, in the event of sudden calamity. These truths are the spiritual anchors for those whose minds are spinning and perhaps numb from unexpected tragedy and suffering.
The separate fifty-page When Trouble Comes Study Guide guides the reader through a four-week Bible study applying the four truths for times of trouble contained in the book. This is an excellent evangelistic Bible study when ministering to the lost who are facing trouble.
Listen to the audio version here.
What have you learned from your "New Normal?"
Wonderful thoughts on "background", Patsy. We do tend to take some things for granted, to allow them to slide into the background. I especially loved this line: "We have been reminded that today is all we may have for laying up treasures that will not pass away, and tomorrow is never a guarantee." So true! We are not guaranteed tomorrow. We need to live our lives with our focus on the eternal.
5/3/2021 05:01:17 pm
I LOVE that quote too, Laurie —> "We have been reminded that today is all we may have for laying up treasures that will not pass away, and tomorrow is never a guarantee." :)
4/10/2020 11:20:17 am
Thank you for sharing these insights on what we can learn from the new normal. I found it very interesting what you were saying about the fact that what used to be in the background of our lives is now front and center because of the new normal.
5/3/2021 05:08:47 pm
I found that interesting as well, Karen! "...what used to be in the background of our lives is now front and center because of the new normal." And the more I thought about it, the more I saw it ring true.
A shift in perspective can go a long way toward joy in the midst of our trials. I’ve started a “praises in the pandemic” journal, and some of the things you’ve mentioned are on there. We are definitely in the midst of heavy and heartbreaking times, but there are so many blessings in it. No matter what, we can always find something to thank God for!
5/3/2021 05:11:31 pm
It's ALL about the perspective, Annie! I LOVE THIS!!! —> a “praises in the pandemic” journal. That's awesome! What a great idea! And yes, there are so many blessings, like little hidden gems, to be found in the pandemic. Perspective!
5/3/2021 05:12:31 pm
Yes, Maree, there is lots of good there too!
5/3/2021 05:18:35 pm
YES, Susan! "Perpetual busy" is a soul-drainer and a life-killer!!! This pandemic has really made me stop and take an inventory of life and my busy state of mind. It's made me realize that I don't have to live that way. None of us do!
5/3/2021 05:52:15 pm
Thank you, Brittany!
4/13/2020 01:34:54 pm
I've really loved spending more time with my adult children who have come home. It has been a sweet blessing to have this extended and quiet time with them.
5/3/2021 05:54:55 pm
There are so many sweet blessings hidden in the pandemic. Spending time with those we love is just one of them. Glad you got to spend this time with your adult children, Ginger! That is for sure a sweet blessing!
4/14/2020 08:02:32 am
What a great perspective of the background being pushed front and center, Patsy. It's so important to grow your faith, lean on the Lord and continue to trust that He has the whole world in His hands. I am so thankful for my God who comforts and gives us courage in a scary, uncertain time.
5/3/2021 05:56:41 pm
You are so right, Wendy, it's SO important, and this has been such an excellent time for us to kick that into high gear!
4/15/2020 07:50:30 pm
I agree that we've discovered a lot of joy in the quietness and the family time and we have to trust God that He has a plan for all this.
5/3/2021 05:57:29 pm
He does, Jennifer!
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