“Well, what do you expect?”
HOPE during COVID #4
I wonder about the long-term effects of COVID-19. It concerns me. Will healthcare workers deal with post-traumatic stress? Will businesses bounce back or suffer bankruptcy? Will our germ phobia persist? Will we hesitate to meet, hug, open our homes?
Life after 9/11 is different from life before 9/11—I think it will be the same for COVID, and that does not make me happy. Actually, it distresses me, but it also pushes me toward the E path of HOPE. It takes a tremendous amount of determination to walk this path, constantly resolving to stay on it, refusing to look to the right or the left. The E path reins in our emotions and focuses us on the One who is faithful and sure. It refuses to allow us to mire in worry and insists we
Not hope for it—expect it. Expect God to be there, to be present, to care, supply, and help. Expect His love to carry you, His goodness to burn bright, His faithfulness to be your rearguard. Expect that what the [COVID] locusts have eaten, He will restore, as promised.
And the God of all grace… will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.1
“Every morning we open our eyes to grace. It is ready for us the moment we need it—grace to carry us through, grace sufficient for every need, grace in every situation.”2 Grace to restore us after an unexpected pandemic.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.3
Expect God to be faithful. Expect to see His mercy. Expect grace.