A guest post from a fabulous and faithful friend, Jan Brooke-Hart.
As I write this, I’m sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to get some test results. (Yep, I have my mask and gloves on! And it’s not a Corona test!)
This virus is so contagious and we have yet to learn for sure all the ways it can be transmitted. We’re still trying to figure it out, huh?!
Personally, I’m okay with being a home-body. But I know that it’s driving 90% of the people in the country crazy!
Hope you’re doing okay. It’s a great time to be reading, praying, doing all of those home projects we’ve been putting off, and just generally being creative. Giovanni has been carving. I’ve been reading, writing, singing, doing a puzzle, and planning to do some painting. All in all, I think we’ve been doing pretty well with the social distancing. We have nothing to be fearful about… but we don’t want to be reckless either.
Can we truly say with the Apostle Paul, “For me to live is Christ – And to die is gain”? Yes, as great as this life can be, it’s only a small taste of the world to come… that perfect, lovely, loving, healthy, beautiful, untroubled world to come.
How Contagious Am I?
But the question I’m thinking about this morning is – “Just how contagious am I?”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Christianity isn’t taught, it’s caught!”
Are we carriers, but have no symptoms? Are we contagious enough to give our faith to someone else? Would anyone suspect we have a good case of it from our characteristics – love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, moderation…?
Anyway, I know that as Christians, we should be in sort of a fail-safe. And I know some people feel like they don’t even need to take precautions, because the Lord will protect those of us who know Him, right? Some churches have even continued to congregate. (Drive-in church or live-streaming might be other good options.) The Lord tells us to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Our “Dad” is pretty clear about not crawling out on a limb, taking a saw with us, cutting off the branch, and then expecting Him to keep us from falling.
“Carriers” being Carried
But He will carry us through the deep waters and across the wilderness when that’s where we need to go. He will heal all of our diseases because He is our Great Physician. (This may be one of those times where there is only one set of footprints in the sand.)
What an awesome God we serve. None of this takes Him by surprise. He knows exactly what’s happening… why it’s happening… what or who is behind it…and what the answers are. Make no mistake ~ It’s not God’s responsibility to undo the choices and results of an apostate people, or a careless people, or a plotting people who have caused it. But He does say, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, I will hear from heaven and answer them and heal their land.” And we’re in just the right place to take Him up on that… athome.
He also says He will “shake everything that can be shaken.” God allows some circumstances to shake things up… Not to be mean, but so that all of our false gods will come crashing down! And anything we put before Him is a false god. He wants us free, whole, and in relationship with Him, the One and only God!
Rest in Him
So, let’s get close to Him. Let’s be an army of pray-ers with this gift of time. Let’s turn our lives around and adjust our priorities. Let’s keep the main thing, the main thing. He will hold you near as you rest in Him~in the cleft of the Rock~in the midst of the storm.
In closing let me share an old hymn with you that is not only an Easter hymn, but an every-day-of-the-year hymn.
I serve a risen Savior He's in the world today... O know that He is living, Whatever man may say. I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer... And just the time I need Him, He's always near. He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me Along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart... You has me how I know He lives... He lives, within m heart.
Happy Easter Dear Friend!
Love and blessings, Jan
Jan and I met at the Montrose Christian writer’s conference in July 2019. She and I are lightyears apart on the creativity scale, she being near the top and me trailing far behind, but our shared passion for similar ministries brought us together.
Like most of us, Jan has known hard times as well as sweet. She is beautiful in every way that counts and uniquely gifted to share her love of Christ. I’m grateful for her permission to share the contents of her email I received today (April 9, 2020.)
About Jan Brooke-Hart
Jan grew us as a P.K. (preacher’s kid) and started performing in church at the age of four. She’s enjoyed singing and speaking at churches across the country, including The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, Angeles Temple in Las Angeles, and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD..
Variety and versatility describe her life. Jan’s experiences range from singer/recording artist, actress, marketing/public relations director, and entrepreneur to youth pastor, college Dean of Students, author, counselor and founder of The Foundation Association, Inc.
Jan writes children’s books, poetry and apologetics, as well as life stories. Her foremost desire is to direct peoples’ eyes to her first love, Jesus Christ. Encouragement is her call.
“As the deer pants after the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” Psalm 42:1
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