These were the 2019 Bible Study words of the year: gathering, authenticity, connection, trust.
These are the 2020 words of the year: quarantine, COVID-19, social distancing, flattening the curve, shortage, pandemic.
What is a Christian woman to do with all that? The two years seem to be polar opposites. As I leave the conversation from my first Zoom and FaceTime meetings and group discussions, a flood of emotions overwhelms me. I am frustrated with technology, which I’ve only ever slightly enjoyed when it worked as effortlessly and flawlessly as a woman pictured on a cruise ship drinking from a coconut and lounging in sunny bliss looking gorgeous and carefree — well, maybe not the best image right now. I am tempted to take the easiest way out and really “social distance” by isolating even from virtual forms of community. I am thrown off by unexpected waves of deeply embedded grief turning up salty memories of loss, loneliness, death, and separation that no phone or virtual chat could or will ever remedy. I am overwhelmed with schedules, books, online education platforms, and mounds of worksheets that come with managing my daughter’s education while schools are closed and I am working remotely. I am very aware of the loss of income from a second job that is temporarily suspended due to business closures.
Many emotions flood over me. Deep down I know everything will be okay. Jesus always triumphs. Even when we think He isn’t winning, which is essentially what we are believing when we question His goodness, justice, or love, He always triumphs over darkness and chaos. Think of the disciples, those following Jesus. When He was crucified, the Bible says the crowds who saw what was happening went home with great sorrow. Three days later would-be-hopeful bystanders to the recent events walked sorrowfully on the Road to Emmaus assuming their Messiah was just another sham. We all know what happened with them, though. . . they saw the Truth and understood from Jesus Himself why His death was just a step to the Resurrection and that the eternal results of His death and resurrection won them forgiveness of sins and peace with God. Yes, God always triumphs!
- For the woman who is anxious and aware of potential future impact . . . Matthew 6:25-34
- For the woman who ponders the goodness of God . . . He arose. Luke 24
- For the woman who feels overwhelmed . . . Psalm 139:10
- For the woman who is reliving the grief of death, loss, and separation . . . Revelation 21:3. I love that God’s people will be restored to perfect community and harmonious, joyful celebration.
- For the woman who grieves for distances that will never be bridged in this life or the next. . . Revelation 21:4
- For the woman who is not sure what to do with herself during these days. . .
Pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17
Pray for many, and certainly anyone you care about, to realize their need for forgiveness now so that they are not forever quarantined in hell. Luke 16:19-31
About the Writer:
Lyndsay loves movement of most every variety. Some of her favorite moments are going on long walks, runs or bike rides in some new uncharted territory or exploring some intellectual or emotional space waiting to be uncovered. By day she works at First Baptist Dallas and in her spare time you will find her enjoying family, teaching mindful movement classes or serving in some community that has as many questions about God and life as she does. She is passionate about God’s Word applied masterfully by the Holy Spirit’s leading and believes the kindness and compassion of Christ changes hearts and unbinds minds – the most significant movement of any kind.