• Taylor Jane

You Are Not Alone

So, I am no expert on anything that we are currently going through. It is completely new to me, as it probably is for you, too. How am I supposed to be feeling? What am I supposed to be doing? I ask these questions almost on a daily basis, and I still haven’t found the answer. I also seem to fall short of my expectations for myself almost every day, and that is frustrating.

For some reason unknown to me, I check my Facebook and Instagram feed all throughout the day and the majority of the topics are about the coronavirus. Heck, I’m even writing about it now. And I can’t stand it. I’m so tired of seeing these posts and how people are trying to justify it by taking scripture out of context or even putting words in God’s mouth.

The truth is, we don’t know why God is allowing this to happen. And to be honest, I haven’t truly prayer for God to take this virus away because I don’t know if that is His will or not. I don’t understand God’s will because I don’t see the whole picture. I only see the piece of the puzzle that is right in front of me. And that’s for any situation that happens in life. I pray for the sick to be healed and for the lost to come to know Jesus through this. And I pray for God’s will to be done.

Maybe He is wanting to teach His people something. Or maybe He wants to lead people into a relationship with Him who have never known Him. That’s the thing...we are all affected by this pandemic, but it is so much bigger than any of us. And God sees that, and that’s why my hope and trust remains in Him.

I obviously don’t have the answers, but I do know one thing. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” We will experience difficult times, whether that’s in a pandemic, family life, or in sharing our faith, so I can be at peace with what is going on in the world right now. I don’t want to promise that God’s blessing and favor is ahead because I don’t know what will happen next. But I can promise that if you have a relationship with Jesus that blessings will be waiting for you in the life to come.

I say all of this to encourage you, but also to shed light on the bigger picture. It is so easy to be wrapped up in ourselves in a time like this, but I encourage you to look to God and pray for His will to be done. And I also want you to know that it’s okay to not be okay during this time, you just can’t stay that way. It is difficult to try to see the bigger picture, but I really hope you will try. It helps me to focus on myself less when I see that literally everyone else around me is also suffering to some extent. But it is okay to recognize that you feel crummy or useless, or grieve the things you are missing out on. Even though I’m encouraging you to try and not focus on yourself as much, your feelings are also valid. And you are definitely not the only one feeling that way right now. You are not alone in this, and to me, that is encouraging in itself.

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