This time of year is really tough on people for a lot of reasons. It’s the season to be Thankful, the season to be Jolly, the season to Celebrate. When you come face to face with it, it can all be a bit overwhelming to say the least! For some it will be almost impossible to rise up to due individual circumstances because expectations are high and the pressure to meet those expectations can often be too challenging. What if you cannot meet those challenges? Does it make you any less valuable in the eye’s of your family, your community, your work? What happens if you don’t meet any of them? What if you don’t have a safety net to fall back on?
With all the reasons in the world going on right now, from COVID-19 to the loss of family or friends, to the political unrest, of unemployment, or the fear of losing your job—all the stressors upon our shoulders can make it more difficult to meet the expectations of the ‘Holiday Season’. But does that mean we stop trying, just give up? No. It means that now more than possibly ever in your life, it it absolutely vital that you take your eyes off of your circumstances and look to the One who stands by you no matter what you are going thru even if you can’t see Him at work in your life. I’m talking about God, the Creator of the universe. He knows you, see’s you and hears you. He is not deaf and has not forsaken you.
For those of you who have lost loved one’s to COVID-19 (or any other reason), I am deeply sorry for your loss. Being thankful or jolly will likely be the hardest for you during this time. I want you to know that God see’s your grief , He feels your loss as intimately as you do because of His great love for you. You are not alone, He is right there beside you not even a whisper away. It seems a bit cliche, but I want to say it anyways, to say to remember the good times you had with your loved one’s, the blessings of the days or years that you were able to spend with them. Let your memories bring comfort to your grieving heart and when you miss their hugs and smiles, close your eyes, trust that God has enfolded you in His gentle embrace.
To those of you who worry about finding a job or keeping a job, remember that God is our Provider. He is not deaf and has heard your worries. He cares about you and your family. He knows how uncertain of a time it is. Wherever you find yourself, whether it’s in an unemployment line, a food bank line, a shelter line….just know that God see’s you, hears you, and is right beside you helping you have the courage to stand no matter what line you find yourself in. You can trust God to help you. You may not see the outcome just yet but have faith in Him and place your hand in His.
To those of you who have your families and a warm place to stay together, to those who have jobs…don’t forget to pray for others and to help others in any way that you can. If you have an extra can of beans, donate it to a needy family or shelter. If you’ve an extra coat, hat, or blanket, find a body that can use it and give it freely. If you have an extra dollar find a place to give it where it will provide the most good for someone else. Don’t be greedy with the resources that God has blessed you with. It’s okay to enjoy the season just do it responsibly.
As for all the political unrest, whether your a Democrat or a Republican or a Third Party just remember that each one of us has a right to choose our standing just like you do. We all have a right to our own opinions and beliefs—just like you do. Don’t let your political differences divide you in your families or come between your friendships with others. You can respectfully agree to disagree with each other and still love one another. It’s okay if someone doesn’t believe exactly like you do on political issues. The world will still keep spinning on it’s axis. And more importantly, God will still be on His throne. We need to humble out hearts, our attitudes and pray to God for our country and for one another. We need to ask for His direction, for His leadership of our beloved Country. We need to trust that no matter who our next President will be, that God is still in control. He holds the true power.
No matter what you do this holiday season or who you are with or where you are living you can trust that God is right there with you. When you feel overwhelmed or sad or lonely or dismayed, lift your eyes to God and trust that He with you. Choose to see His goodness, decide to trust in His love for you. Don’t let your circumstances be your focus. Find rest and strength in God.