God Is Keeping Us

What a year 2020 been shaping up to be
With stuff happening that usually only happens in the movies
From record deaths from a mystery disease
To record protests over police brutality
Never seen up close fires and looting in the city
On this weekend, it was no such thing as an emergency
Calls to 911 went unanswered as Police and Fire were so busy
All you could do was pray for your safety
As there was no where to run, mayhem was all over country

It got to the point where I asked myself if I wanna live long enough to see this again
Then, I was reminded of the words of Job
Shall we just receive good from the hands of a God and not bad (Job 2:10)
And besides, through all this God is keeping us
Didn’t He keep the disease away
While parts of the city burned, didn’t He keep us safe
We’ve missed no meals, got essentially what we need
No matter what happens in the world
God’s been our refuse and fortress (Psalm 91:2)
God is keeping us.

Discovering Simple Happiness

Shelter in place? How boring that’s going to be
No concerts, dining out, etc., just sitting around watching tv
But something happened surprisingly
I discovered being happy with doing everyday simple things

Simple things, like trying a new cake recipe
After all, due to closure, can’t get favorite cake from bakery
Time has allowed new household abilities
Cleaning, gardening and fixing things
The Bible says the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
And the Lord will show you how to get joy in the simplest things
He will give you joy even when you’re doing nothing

Because it’s not what you do, it’s your attitude
It can be one of feeling something missing or one of gratitude
Be still for a minute or a few
Meditate on the number of ways you’ve been blessed
And thank God for discovering simple happiness.

Scripture reference: Nehemiah 8:10

The Real Sustainer

Before The pandemic made us shelter in place

I usually sought out stuff with which to participate or be entertained

Thought it was needed for a healthy mind to be sustained

As socialization and entertainment help relieve stress and strain

 

I would say If it wasn’t for these activities to do or events to attend

So boring would be the time I spend

Idle time would let negative thoughts creep in

Like thinking on past mistakes or some type of sin

 

And now that in-person recreation and entertainment has disappeared

God has let me know the real sustainer is Him

He is providing everything I need

And showing me other ways to occupy my mind and keep busy

And I’m still connected to thing I used to do

Thanks to new online avenues

 

It reminds me of the words in Psalm 37:25

…I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread…

Stuff I thought was keeping me, were a false sense of security

It is God that keeps,  He’s the real sustainer of my needs.