Pandemic reflections

By DELLA MARIE NEWKIRK
Posted 5/13/22

Brothers and sisters, “it ain’t you” who pulled you through this past couple of years. This expressive, slang English language vernacular truly conveys an innermost declaration: God …

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Brothers and sisters, “it ain’t you” who pulled you through this past couple of years. This expressive, slang English language vernacular truly conveys an innermost declaration: God was on your side and carried you through. It was not you who did it.

Like David in Psalm 124, we recognize God is on our side and our help, as long as we walk in His way.

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, let Israel now say; If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us … Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 124:1-8).” Through faith and prayers, there has been growth and allegiance.

Years of faith tested

Did the Lord catch us, or did He teach us to fly? If He had not been on our side, where would we be?

Years of prayer

We learned how to find a secret place and pray, hastening straight to the throne. We turned to the Almighty, our refuge (Psalm 46:1), for apart from Him, we can do nothing.

Years of growth and development

As moments of reflection (since March 2020), we vividly remember pandemic-related events: all the shutdowns, one pack of bathroom tissue per purchase, surface-cleaning teams, remote working and learning, comfort foods/extra pounds, and long lines of precious folks waiting for free groceries.

In the end, disruptive storms can actually clear the path. We have experienced one of the greatest shifts in our lives. We are products of grace and are not the same pre-pandemic people.

Years of allegiance to God alone

Faith has been strengthened. We have been reminded to stay in a place of peace and believe that He will always be with us through it all. There have been ups and downs, but we kept mustering up enough strength to face yet another day. We are convinced that no matter how things look, God is in control of our lives.

Now, we have faith for the future, for He has been on our side in the past. God is. To God be the glory for the things He has done!

Good old-fashioned advice: Be tired of drama and foolishness.

Prayer: Omnipotent One, we exalt Thee. You understand and know all about our struggles. Strengthen us where we are weak and steer us in the way of sanctification and holiness. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Dr. Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

 

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