Today is Monday April 6. Last year this time I was looking forward to visiting my family in Nashville. I was looking forward to seeing old friends and celebrating their University’s Alumni Weekend in Huntsville, Alabama. This week I was scheduled to do the same thing, and yet, here I sit in California. No worries! I’m grateful! Today I am, like all of you sequestered in our various living quarters wondering if this is the end of life as we’re used to. Many are sharing wonderful music and words of encouragement and social media has become the way of life in which to communicate with those family and friends near and far. I’ve been thoroughly blessed and entertained. Quincy was right, Everything must change!
Today I’m grateful, for so many mercies I can’t even count! Yes, so many blessings even in this storm. If we’re smart, we’ll learn the lessons meant for us to learn.
2 Chronicles 7:13,14 “If my people..land”. I hear this text quoted so often. It’s great text, with an a phenomenal promise, unfortunately it’s almost always misquoted, because it’s read or quoted out of context. God is speaking to Solomon for the second time at the dedication of the temple. He says this; “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, (drought), or command the locust to devour the land, (famine), or send (pestilence) a contagious, or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating, among my people, if my people...”. So no matter how this happened, in this entire world you better believe God is not surprised or in wonder, because He’s involved in this. Learn the lesson!
Lamentations 3: 28 When life is heavy and hard to take, ...bow in prayer...If He works severely, He also works tenderly. What a promise!
So my daughter Imani, like many of you who teach, has been assigned to give daily tasks to her students. Here are some suggestions my “boss” assigned me to share with you: Let’s learn to appreciate waking up each morning. Let’s come to understand and appreciate those with whom we live. Let’s begin to value alone time with God, praying, studying and praising Him. Lets seek out new talents in us and understand the importance of sharing them, using them for Gods glory and the lifting up of those who may be discouraged and fearful. So many many lessons. Don’t miss out by trying to compete. Don’t loose the blessings, criticizing and complaining about those “folk” who have been placed in temporary leadership, and circumstances clearly only God can handle. As a matter of fact remove their faces from your pages, they’re destroying and infecting them.
Minister to one another. Don’t think this is just for musicians, singers, and preachers. God is expecting something from each of us. As my son shared yesterday from a inspiring sermon, “you are the ministers”. Each of you are ministers! Pray and intercede for others. Offer words of encouragement. Make us laugh. Share a story. Display a craft. Give medical advice , if you’re a trained, medical, professional. If you’re a support person, behind the scenes person, do that, and know that without you, those up front can’t complete their assignments. Every one of us matters and has been given a gift to share! Suggest herbs which have helped you in the past. Call someone, check on each other. You are not alone! This week and next week they say is crucial. We’ll need each other to stay in the race, to get through. And it won’t stop at the end of this, nor should it. We need each other!
Today is Monday April 6, 2020 and it’s time. It’s time to be true and truthful, because truth is light. I can’t help but think, if we’re smart, if we use this time to bless rather than prosper, if we begin or continue living for the sake of others, doors will open for the sharing of Gods word more than we ever dreamed. Don’t wait for other’s approval, do what Gods Spirit is directing you to do. Revelation 10:11. God’s people will be happy to know that the Lord is coming, but they must take the gospel to every race, language, nationality and people. Lets do this! We’re going home! Happy Monday