Over the last few weeks the word I’ve heard and read most is, you guessed it, Coronavirus. Before you stop reading because you’re as sick of it as I am, just hang with me for a sec. I admit it doesn’t take long to get caught up in the panic of it all. So many opinions, so many articles, so many warnings, closings, and so much hysteria. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in using wisdom, taking precautions, and keeping everyone safe. What I don’t believe in, is panic. I can’t. I simply can not be in panic about anything and truly call myself a follower of Christ.
Now I will be the first to say, I wasn’t that worried about it to start with. Then as my social media feeds, news flashes, and conversations all began to magnify this sickness, I began to feel the panic rise up. But thankfully, the Lord didn’t let me stay there long. We were in the middle of our youth group lesson on Wednesday night when he started bringing me back. We were going through different scenarios and arguments against Christianity, and finding out what the word says about it all. For one of those, He brought Hebrews 13:8 to my mind. We all looked it up, read it, and then talked about what it meant.
It says this: “Jesus Christ is (eternally changeless, always) the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 AMP” I won’t lie, it convicted my heart right then and there. Since then, I can’t get it off my mind. The Lord just keeps speaking louder and louder that HE IS STILL THE SAME. I could go through the Bible and give thousands of examples of things He did for those people, and remind you just who He was, and that He is the same for us now. But today, I am going to share some of my own personal examples of who He has been, is being, and will continue to be not just for me, but for you too.
Jesus is the one that chased me down with an overwhelming love in the midst of my greatest sins to offer me salvation. Jesus is the one that died on the cross for my sins just to be able to make that offer. He is our savior.
Jesus is the one who took this hot mess of a girl and by His spirit transformed me into a Woman of God. He is the one that takes broken things and makes them beautiful, and did just that in my life. What a beautiful life of hope I now have in Him. He is our Lord and redeemer.
He is the one who gave me hope, and healing from past sexual trauma. He is the one who looked through my sin, into the heart that was broken and desperate to be whole, and made me whole. He makes all things new.
He is the one who broke the chains of a nearly life long eating disorder, and set me free from that enormous bondage. In Him there is freedom.
Jesus is the one that healed my Mom completely from a rare form of Leukemia that was compacted in 99% of her bone marrow. She is not only alive almost 15 years later, but doing more now than she ever has. He took the stripes for our healing. He is our healer. Yes, He can, is, and will continue healing people from Coronavirus.
Jesus is the one who gave me my greatest blessing in life, my rainbow baby Lydia. He carried me through years of infertility, two miscarriages before Lydia, and one after. He sustained me, strengthened me, healed my heart, kept my mind, and understood my pain. He is the way maker, the miracle worker.
He is the one who held me together when my world fell apart after I had Lydia. He knew that the timing of her birth would be perfect. He knew that when I found out that my husband was unfaithful right after her birth, I would be in one of the darkest places of my life. But he knew, that because I love that little girl so much, I would be willing to let him work in me in ways I wouldn’t have been willing to otherwise. I opened up to let Him guide me on the long journey of healing from that. He is still leading me on that journey. He is faithful. He is compassionate. He is our counselor and very best friend. He is a very present help in time of need.
My reflection of this verse this week has been overwhelming. I didn’t want to share all of that, but I had to. I had to let you know that Jesus is never changing. He is the same God that took messed up murderers like Moses and used them to lead His people, and display His glory in unimaginable ways. He is the same God that protected and fought for the Children of Israel. He is the same God that came to live as a man on this earth to feel what we feel, to hurt like we hurt, and to experience loss like we do. He is the same God that while he walked on earth, healed every kind of disease and sickness, opened blinded eyes, made the lame walk, the dumb speak, the deaf hear, the broken whole, the lost saved, and the dead come to life. He is the same God that spoke to the wind and the waves who obeyed Him, and calmed the storm. The same one who did ALL of those things, also has done those same things in my life. The wind and waves still obey him. Even the waves of uncertainty. This verse has kept my mind and heart fixed on Jesus instead of the chaos around me. I hope it does the same for you.
No matter what you’re facing today, know that Jesus is everything you need. I don’t care what it is, HE IS BIGGER.
PS: If you have something that you need help praying about, shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org we will storm the Throne Room together! (This would be confidential.)