Last week, I read a few reviews of Shift on Amazon, and one in particular sparked something in me.
“Abby has a gift for finding the fingerprints of God in the happenings of life. And not only does she find them, but Abby helps you start to see them in your own. It was a blessing for my heart and a balm for my soul.” -Kelly
As I read this reader’s words, I realized I was out of practice at this. Over the last several months, I felt as though I was trying to wade through bog, and I was inconsistent at spotting God’s goodness. I want to change that. Because it’s still there, right in the middle of the chaos and the unknown.
Here are some ways I’ve seen God move over the past six months in the middle of this pandemic.
Innovativeness in churches
Churches that had never done live stream or used some of the modern technology available became more diverse in how they reach others. They tried new things, often stepping outside their comfort zone, and not letting inconvenience stop them from moving forward.
Artisans and communities volunteering their time
At the beginning of the pandemic, one friend sewed over a hundred masks for those who needed one. Another friend delivered meals to families who were unable to pick up the free ones offered by local schools. I saw countless examples of people offering their time, talent and abilities to ensure that others were not lacking basic necessities like food and supplies.
With my kids at home more often, time outside became more frequent as well. After the stay-at-home order lifted, they met some new friends down the street, and one morning we even had a backyard Bible lesson in the place of church. When we spoke to the kids about their home life, we realized they didn’t have any experience with church. A seed was planted.
Bold steps of faith
Several people I know made the decision to step into full time ministry or expand their ministries in new ways. This pandemic is making each of us realize our days on this earth are limited, and we need to seize opportunities to spread the love of Jesus. As I watch others move and step outside of what’s comfortable, I am inspired to do the same.
An appreciation for small, everyday moments
This season is making me and many others I know appreciate the small gifts and resources that we often overlook. I don’t think before 2020, any of us expected to not be able to attend a concert, worship in church, or eat at a restaurant. We didn’t expect to not be able to see the smile on a friend’s face at the market. But while many things are taken away, a new sense of gratitude can emerge. We know each freedom we enjoy is a gift, and we can experience a newfound sense of sacredness for the relationships we have.
As we move forward in 2020, I know it’s easy to complain. Lord knows, I’ve done my share. Each day, it is a fight to keep my mind centered on the goodness of God. But let’s not quit. Let’s count gifts, and watch the ways God can transform our perspective when we are intentional about taking our thoughts captive.
In this changing world, let’s shift our focus to his unchanging character and grace. When we do, we’re able to see our lives with a different lens.
If you need further encouragement that God is for you, even in the midst of the struggle, uncertainty, and unknown future, I encourage you to pick of a copy of my book, Shift: Changing Our Focus to See the Presence of God. Many people have sent me messages saying it is a timely book for this season, which encourages my heart so much. I pray that God continues to use it to touch lives.
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