This past year we all have learned that there are many ways to work without being at work. I have been working from home for almost a year now. Pretty much if you have an internet connection you can work.
My daughter had a doctor’s appointment and rather than taking off from work I decided I would take my laptop and continue working. Due to social distancing, only the patient can go back so I decided to use that time to continue what I had been working on that morning. The nurse called her back and I flipped up the top to get back to my spreadsheet. Except there was a problem, my system was not working. Ah, I needed to get the password from the receptionist. I went to the desk and asked. Unfortunately, they do not provide internet access. Without the internet my laptop was now useless and my plans for being productive thwarted.
The Holy Spirit is our connection, through prayer and daily Bible study,
we can strengthen our connection.
It is the same in our spiritual lives, without a connection to the Father and Son, we too are lost. The Holy Spirit is our connection. With the Spirit we have discernment, wisdom, comfort, and guidance. The Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus. In the book of John chapter 16, Jesus is preparing his followers for his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. He knew how his followers may feel lost and unable to continue the work that he started with them. He also knew that 2,000 years later you and I would need the Spirit to guide us in continuing the work that he has started in each one of us. In Jesus’ physical absence he sent the Holy Spirit as guide and comforter those that believe in him. We have that Spirit available to us, filling us and guiding us in the way that the Lord would have us to go. Unlike the internet, the Spirit can reach you without a password. Once you accept Christ Jesus as your savior the connection is made, and you no longer navigate this world alone.
Use the gift that Jesus has left for you, to draw you nearer to him. Allow the Spirit to teach and guide you. Through prayer and daily Bible study, strengthen the connection.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I love decorating for the holidays. All the glitter and shiny lights. I think I have lights attached to anything that stands still long enough. My granddaughter also loves the decorations, however at 22 months, she just wants to tear everything down, sit on it, step on it and sometimes just yell at it. I have one area that I let her do with as she pleases. It is an old incomplete nativity scene. The animals and shelter are long gone. Only two wise men, Jesus, Mary and Joseph remain. The baby Jesus is her favorite piece. The same size of her hand, she carries him close. She carries him all through the house, cuddling, cooing and kissing him.
I have found baby Jesus in the sink, dog food, dog’s water bowl, bath tub, drawers and multiple times in the floor. He has even appeared waiting in line to see Santa in my Christmas Village. She loves baby Jesus, until something else grabs her attention. Which can be anything from a toy, hunger, sleepiness and of course something she should not be messing with. (like the dog’s water bowl) Unfortunately, we are guilty of the same spiritually. Jesus is great until something more interesting or distracting comes along and then we just leave him to pursue what has grabbed our attention.
As we enter into the new year, let’s not leave Jesus behind packed up with the Christmas decorations. Instead, let’s carry him into the new year and firmly in our hearts. This past year has been challenging on so many levels not the least spiritually. I anticipate this new year will continue to test us. We cannot face these new challenges without Jesus.
Hold to Jesus. Do not allow the distractions of politics, media and personal trials to loosen your grip.
Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
I had stopped at the Dollar Tree to get a couple of things for a project that I am about to begin. While I was looking for the glue sticks, I heard a lady cough. That cough was then followed by an eruption of coughing. The cough was deep and raspy, it erupted from her chest and echoed throughout the small store. I didn’t pay much attention, at first, but then the hacking continued. I stepped out of the aisle and cast a caution eye across the shop. The store was quiet except for the coughing. The employees had stopped ringing, the customers had stopped shopping and the manager stood in the front. Her indecision written all over her face. It was mixed with a genuine look of fear. Everyone had stopped what they were doing and all their attention was focused on the middle aged lady in aisle three.
I will admit that for the first time during this Covid-19 situation, I was experiencing genuine fear. With every cough, my mind raced and questioned. Should I leave my shopping and exit the store? Could she be infected and has she just infected us all? The hurricane of questions gained speed in my brain, tearing through my sense of peace. I wasn’t the only one caught in the swirl of uncertainty. My fellow patrons stood motionless, their faces betraying their thoughts. The chill of fear emanated from us all.
God commands us to not fear. In fact, “do not fear” is in the Bible 80 times. Seems to me that if it is repeated this often, then God wants to bring home the point. Whenever we allow fear to control us, we are decreasing hope and limiting our victory. We cannot let hope fall to fear. We have to hold on to our hope in Christ with both hands. Without it, there is no victory.
I know that this is a confusing time, unprecedented in our lifetimes, however, no matter what you hear, no matter what you see, remember, God is ultimately in charge. You have nothing to fear. His Word tells us so.
Do not fear, but rather encourage your faith. Encourage those in your life. Do not let fear win over.