Did you all realize we are just past the halfway point of Lent?
What a Lenten season it has been!!!
Normally, on the Sunday morning of the third week of March, I’m practically wiped out from watching an endless sea of NCAA basketball games the previous three days.
This is supposed to be March Madness!
Not this year, at least not the type of March Madness we’ve been acclimated to.
Now, back to reality.
Have you ever had a dream when you were spiraling downward in a free fall where you knew the end was near and it wasn’t going to be pretty?
Or how about being chased by a monster or a human being who had one goal and that was to take your life?
If you’ve not encountered either of the above nightmarish type dreams, surely you’ve experienced the one where you go out in public with no clothes on.
If none of these scenarios fit you, maybe I’m a tad bit crazier than I thought. 🙂
Anyway, when I have these dreams, just as my mind is transferring from deep sleep to the early stages of awake, I realize it is simply a dream and then a TREMENDOUS state of calm and peace envelopes my entire being.
This same sense of calm and peace slowly entered my spirit yesterday morning during my quiet time with God. It occurred after experiencing a dark “human moment” of “what-ifs.”
What if one of our family members lost his or her life due to this horrible virus?
What if we lost all our resources and couldn’t keep our family and others we help, afloat?
What if one of our friends died because of COVID-19?
During this “human moment” my spirit was awakened as my attention was drawn to the top of my gratitude list—yes, I note what I am grateful for every day just like I hope you do. At the top of my list was Jesus–just as He is every day.
Then a TREMENDOUS feeling of peace and calm began to flow through me as I turned all my “what-ifs” over to Him.
As believers, we have comfort in knowing that regardless of our fate with COVID-19, we have a God who uses eternity to awaken us from death. A God who promises “Eternal Gladness” regardless of our outcome from 2020’s version of March Madness.
Not everyone has this guarantee.
This challenging time in the history of our world has created a great opportunity to witness.
Commit to spreading His Good News to the nonbelievers so they too can experience the peace, calm, and hope associated with knowing a state of “Eternal Gladness” awaits them at the end of this life.
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Journal your thoughts:
What am I grateful for today?
In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?
What will I deny myself so I may draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?
God, I offer myself to Thee—To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)