Good morning Readers.
WOW! Has it really been that long since my last post?! *sigh* so much has happened and I wouldn’t know where to start. Well, let’s start where the last post was- September. I had been in Toronto for one month for college. I started a program called American Sign Language and Deaf Studies (ODSP) and I had made many friends, which some have long now cut ties with me after discovering I am a Christian and other reasons I have no idea why. Anyway, I found an amazing church that just started about a year and a half ago on the west end of the GTA, and they have been nothing but encouragement and a blessing! I am still in Toronto even with the Covid-19 pandemic, because I am in ISOLATION!
Yes, I am sick; no, not with corona. At the end of February, for reading week, I went up north to visit my sister; Well, they were sick with a sinus cold and lovingly shared it with me. After returning to Toronto from visiting my sister that week, the sinus cold aggravated my acute asthma and made me stuck in my apartment for an entire first week of March. Then Covid-19 broke out, and the doctor put me in isolation just last Tuesday because I was not getting better and prescribed me with an inhaler that has been helping me feel better so far. But through all of this, I have found peace, “how?” you may ask.
Well, as a visiting preacher said a few weeks ago, it’s not about the “how”, it’s about the who. You see, Colossians 3:15 says “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be thankful.” God is the God of Peace, not fear, or worry, or anything contrary to who He is. even though the news wants to drive us to be afraid of everything and everyone, we need to remember that God is bigger than the corona, and if he wants us to get sick nothing will stop his will. Even the people who have practiced social distancing and kept good hygiene and are very healthy, are still at risk. There is a prayer email from someone I read this morning, a missionary and his family have contracted the virus and are very sick. “But why would a loving God allow people that trust him to get sick?”
God may be testing your faith. During this time Satan wants us to abandon all forms of faith and trust in God, and run to that fear that is so contradicting of what faith is. God allows his children to experience testing because he wants us to grow our faith, as Hebrews 11:6a says “But without faith it is impossible to please him:”. We can not please God if our faith is wavering, wavering like a “wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed” as James 1:6 states. Faith is crucial to peace, they go hand in hand.
So, during this time of isolation, quarantine (for those minorly sick), recovery (for those seriously ill) and those who are healthy, remember to look for the one who can give you peace that passes all understanding, because he is the one who will keep your hearts and minds. Keep your hearts and minds in peace, only through Jesus.
I am praying for you all that God will bestow upon you his everlasting peace, and give strength to your wavering faith, and courage to keep trusting Him through this storm.