“During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem. But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.” Words of the prophet Azariah as he spoke to the king of Judah in 896 BC. Scripture states that “the Spirit of God” came upon him, imploring him to say to his king, “The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. ” (2 Chronicles 15:1-5)

One of my daily quarantine routines is to catch 10 – 15 minutes of the “Today” show with my husband. This morning’s stories are filled with horror after horror. Wildfires encompassing the West-coast, another hurricane about to hit land from the gulf, our president rightfully under attack for downplaying this terrifying pandemic, and officers being gun downed point-blank in their car in California. Ten minutes of catching up current events felt like the prophet Azariah was speaking directly to me. But I do heed his encouraging words, ” Be strong and courageous, the Lord will stay with me as long as I stay with him! ” I got this!

On a positive note, a beautiful friend brought dinner yesterday. It was a complete surprise. During quarantine, one can feel so isolated from the rest of the world. My dear neighbors pull their dog away from ours and ask how many days are left til we’re cleared? There is no judgment in their comments only fear. But my simple brain can’t help but feel a smidge of judgment. So, having a friend bring us dinner completely out of the blue brought tears to my eyes and a glimmer of hope.

Speaking of judgment, I have to share one last spiritual thing. In previous writings, I have mentioned before how heavily I rely on the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Days that are overwhelming, I pull out my handy dandy notebook, or phone app, and read the devotion for the day. The devotions are written as if God were speaking directly to you. I have to quote yesterday’s entry. Yes, my dear professors, I am putting this into quotes and not taking credit for Ms. Young’s words and I may quote more than one sentence. ( Sorry, you may have heard a little bit of negative tone there) Back to the entry….. “Come to Me and rest. Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather- as if judging were your main function in life. But I created you first and foremost to know Me and to live in rich communication with Me. When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role”. Wow, I never ever thought about judgment this way. I committed last night to stop judging myself in my own mind because I am my worst enemy.

Today’s post was pretty heavy. It’s been a heavy weekend. And it’s pretty heavy out there in the world. But I leave you with a beautiful photo of the Asian pears my dear friend brought. Her family lives in China, in the same area where this pandemic began. So how fitting and beautiful that life would come full circle in her gracious gesture of friendship. And I leave you with a very unheavy song by Jason Mraz, “Look for the Good”.