All people are like grass and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
~Isaiah 40:8 NIV
God breathed air into my lungs while I was walking along the beach the other day. I was struggling with the uncertainty of my children’s futures. Having boy/girl twins in their senior year in high school is particularly stressful during normal circumstances.
Then suddenly everything changed. Our lives got turned upside-down with the threat of contracting the deadly COVID19 virus. Most of us had to shelter in place, going out for necessities only, and then wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Until the virus passed, this would become the new normal.
I felt like my children’s senior year was being snatched from them. Learning online was a challenge. Committing to colleges was especially hard, not knowing the duration of “social distancing.”
Never before in modern history had there been so much uncertainty around the world. This was not how my children planned to prepare for college and their futures. They were in shock, scared, frustrated, sad and they felt cheated. They missed their friends and teachers. My heart broke for my children. I felt as if they were robbed of their glory days.
I found myself overcome with sadness…
Then He reminded me that this was temporary, but our faith in Him was eternal.
I found myself overcome with sadness as I contemplated how they would navigate these new waters. Then the Lord spoke to me as the waves crashed on the sandy beach. He reminded me that this was temporary, but our faith in Him was eternal.
This too would pass. God was in control and He was forever faithful.
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”
~2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV
We were in a global war against the Corona virus.
But we could draw from the waters of hope by remembering God had a plan for each of us, and as we sought His will, He would lead us. No matter what we are facing, the battle belongs to Him; not to us. My children needed to figure out their own destiny with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I needed to walk in faith, being certain that God would breathe life into each of us, as He also cared for the grass and flowers, and every part of His creation.God was in control and He was forever faithful. @MariaHenriksen #VineWords #Empathy Click To Tweet
My thoughts were as follows: Empathy. Will it be the death of me? My mind is swirling. My heart is aching. My eyes are tearing. My soul is searching. I cry. I pray. I seek. I wonder why…. Sinking deeper and deeper I see the signs. I find my resolve. I start to climb. O’ how God is my Keeper. Empathy. I must be strong for thee. God, I put my trust in Thee.
Friend, God will guide you through uncertain times as He has guided my family. Put your trust in the One who will lead you through, and who has a plan no matter what tough times you face.
How do you maintain faith during uncertain times?
Father God, give me the strength, courage, and wisdom to set a good example for my children of faith in You. Guide them to do your will even in the face of fear as these are very uncertain times. Thank You, Lord, for being my Rock and my Fortress, and may my children look to you for their strength as well. I ask all these things in your Son’s precious name. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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MARIA T. HENRIKSEN
Maria T. Henriksen is the author of Not Again, a young adult Christian romance novel. She is working on the sequel, Not Again: The Fallout, to be published in 2021.
She is a Devotion Writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a Contributing Author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Maria hosts a ministry through her blog, Maria’s Ministry. She also manages a Facebook ministry group at Maria’s Muses: Inspirational, Christian, & Close-to-the-Heart Readers, a group that consists of Christian writers and other contributors.
Maria graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s in Communications/Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. Maria has experience in graphic arts, finance, banking, health, fitness, and beauty. She currently works as a substitute teacher of all grades and disciplines.
As a wife for over two decades, Maria considers herself blessed. She and her husband are the proud parents of twin boy/girl teenagers. In her spare time, she runs, creates graphics, and enjoys reading and family activities. Maria’s greatest desire is for lives to be transformed through her inspirational writings.