In Luke 12, Jesus says: Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
I understand what Jesus is saying here, and normally I’m not a worrywart. Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic I haven’t personally felt a huge panic, but I have felt little twinges of worry. I worry about the vulnerable. I wasn’t concerned about a lack of toilet paper until I noticed we didn’t have that much and there was none to be found. And then there’s church. At first I was worried about things like worship, ongoing ministries, and finances. But then I remembered the words of Christ “Do not worry”. And what I’ve discovered during this time of uncertainty is that God really does provide. We already had a Facebook page and were videotaping our worship, so it just took a little tweaking to figure out how to get a message out weekly. We already had an online giving platform, so that was already in place for those that wanted to use it. It’s been different not meeting each week, but together we are moving through this the best we can.
As I’m writing this on 3/18, I honestly don’t know how long we’ll be in this holding pattern. But I’m trying not to worry. And isn’t it great when someone can relieve just a little bit of our anxiety. Someone in the congregation called me this morning and said, “Pastor Derek, if ya’ll run out of toilet paper let me know – we can help.” Suddenly a worry was lifted. God will provide – through scripture, through prayer, and sometimes through us.