March 29, 2020 by Kgalalelo
“Pause a moment, Job, and listen;
consider the wonderful things God does.
Do you know how God gives the command
and makes lightning flash from the clouds?
Do you know how clouds float in the sky.
the work of God's amazing skill?
No, you can only suffer in the heat
when the south wind oppresses the land.
Can you help God stretch out the sky
and make it as hard as polished metal?” (Job 37:14-18)
When I take stock of the first quarter of the year, I realise how hectic it has been right from the beginning. Others argue that this whirlwind started last year but for me, the beginning of 2020 entered with a big bang, with emotional storms and countless challenging experiences. I haven’t been able to relax because there hasn’t been time to when I look back.
Things were just happening so fast that I never really got the time to take a moment and pause. It feels like I have been running a long mile without any rest and when I look at the entire world, everybody has been running the same with no time to pause. The events of the world have taken over rapidly and we seem not to be keeping up with them.
I’m not sure if that’s how it is supposed to be, all I know is that there should be a time where we need to pause and take a breather. Breath in and out for a minute and instead of projecting fear as a result of everything that’s happening, pause like Job and take in the glory of God.
We are frantically wishing for stability in the world, balance of our ecosystem, the end of disease that is ravaging the world, recuperation of economies globally, however, have we taken the time to behold the beauty of the Lord and His glory? Are we remembering in the midst of everything to also praise and thank God for His goodness?
I recently went to a nearby shop to purchase essentials as the country is in lockdown and the parking lot was jam packed. Everyone came on the same day to buy what they needed but I managed to get one open space for me to park. I always thank the Lord for my parking beforehand and He always makes it available no matter how crammed it is.
So, I went into the shop, and bought what I needed and then went to my car. There were still cars coming inside the shopping complex with only one entrance and exit. I turned the ignition on and drove in the front parking that was now vacant and facing the exit.
It appeared that I had offended the driver of the oncoming car who had intended to drive into that parking space. The place was so crowded that I just wanted to exit and give others space to park. My exiting was not going to take even a minute but I could see that the woman was shouting from inside the car. I couldn’t hear what she was saying and ignored her as I proceeded to the exit.
She was pointing at the parking space I had already occupied which only served as a drive through for me but she was not having it. She didn’t understand why I didn’t reverse but proceeded straight into that parking.
As I was driving home, I was saddened by her reaction, all the while I had been thinking that transformation was happening in the hearts of people as a result of the worldwide pandemic but realised that there are still people whose hearts need to be circumcised. “Deuteronomy 30:6 says, “The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live”.
This should be the prayer of our hearts that God may change our hearts for the better and those of the generations to come. David says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
I took the time to pause and really think that what we need in this season is unity amongst us. This difficult phase will surely pass; believers are praying, people all over the world are doing their part, the medical practitioners are working 24/7, researchers, scientists and the governments alike.
We will overcome but when the calamity is over, what kind of a people would we be? Are we going to be those who stand in unity and praise the Lord for His goodness or are we going to continue with bitterness, hatred and anger towards each other? We need to pause and think about these things as the world needs love and the spirit of togetherness and humanity.
God is still in control; He created the heavens and the earth. He is the final authority and can turn things around in a flash. What is happening is real, people have died of the virus and thousands infected, it is scary, however, the One who can heal every disease and can comfort the broken hearts, remains God alone.
Take time to pause on this day and think about the times that God pulled you out of the mud, the times that He came through for you when no one else did and rejoice, knowing that even in your situation now, He is willing and able.
“Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”. Ephesians 3:20
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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