Almost two months now since COVID-19 found it’s way into Kenya. Am I different from who I was before this? Do I spend more time with God? Am I living a complaining and murmuring life? Who is my shepherd during this season of uncertainty?…It is funny how, a cave experience can lead one to great introspection. I think I am in that season of questions, questions and more questions.
Speaking to my mom recently, she told me, her twin, my auntie, had to go to hospital because she was feeling quite unwell and the doctor figured that the physiological turmoil was as a result of the mind/ psychological attacks she has been experiencing lately; Her husband leaves a part of town and goes to another so often and her son is still actively working daily. Her greatest fear is this beast called Corona Virus, that does not seem to choose who to attack. I loved what mom told me after sharing this, “We are all vulnerable and so we give the enemy a foothold to attack. Counter attack with scriptures of assurance.”
I am guilty! I have given the enemy a foothold to attack severally! All manner of thoughts, run through my mind on and off, but is that Gods’ desire for us? Absolutely not! The Bible says, in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I really, truly, fully want to believe this! I actually do…Oh no I don’t!…My goodness! It is a constant battle of the mind. As Paul said, My spirit is willing but, my flesh is weak.
Who is my shepherd? I mean, if I give fear an opportunity to lead me, or worry or doubt, it goes without say, the ‘enemy’ has a field day and leads us to wherever he pleases.
Psalms 23 says,
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
If you and I allow the Lord to shepherd our lives, then, this means we are:
- Provided for; He makes me lie down in green pastures,He leads me beside quiet waters and refreshes my soul. Many have lost jobs and are experiencing financial strain during this season, but believe it or not God our Shepherd has a way of supplying our needs when we most need it and we least expect it!With so much going on around us He is able to rejuvenate and revitalise our lives.
- Protected: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil.Your rod and staff, they comfort me. COVID-19, is a very dark valley. That ‘end of tunnel’ experience does not seem to be in sight. When you think the transmission numbers are going down, boom! Another shoot upward! I mean it is so dark and despondent, many losing their lives and loved ones (My sincere condolensces to the affected).Our good shepherd has given us an opportunity to follow Him, for then we will not fear and in the midst of all that is going on around us, we are secure because we will walk through it by His leading and He will comfort us through it all.
- Preserved: He guides me along the right paths for His names’ sake…surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Along the right paths, we are preserved and are promised His goodness and love for the rest of our lives! He is faithful to watch over the way of the righteous( See Psalms 1)
Will fear creep in? Oh yes, many many times! But we should always remember that we have a shepherd, the good shepherd and not the hired hand, who runs away whenever the wolf appears to attack the sheep.(See John 10:11-13) The former, goes the extra mile! This is a call to me and you to submit to His leadership. He is more than faithful to fail us!
Are we dependent on God during this season or are we dependent on our own strength? Jesus, the good shepherd, is calling us to embrace this season, when he is doing what Bishop T.D Jakes calls, ‘THE INSIDE JOB’ Can we just trust Him?
I end with lyrics to a song I totally love by Jonathan Mc Reynolds (Video link below), called God is Good and this is my prayer to us…
May your struggles keep you near the cross
And may your troubles show that you need God
And may your battles end the way they should
And may your bad days prove that God is good
And may your whole life prove that God is good