We are living in a very interesting time. At times, it is very difficult to know what the truth is in the pandemic we have been faced with.
Among so much uncertainty, one thing is clear, and that is that many people have lost out on many things. Personally, I am the mother of a daughter who just graduated from high school. One day she is taking off on the spring break band trip, the next she is questioning if she would be going back to school.
I am also the mother of a son who planned to get married May 30. Here again, what would happen? Would this wedding take place?
This is where perspective comes in. I was not about to accept the words, “Oh, they will get over it. They won’t even remember high school.” When a person is gushing from pain, it is not the time to give platitudes. We, along with many other parents, students, administrators and teachers, were feeling the pain.
However, with each positive, there is a negative. With each negative, there is a positive.
Heads or tails. When you see the heads, or positive side, the negative is there. You just can’t see it, because it is face down. When you see tails, or the negative side, the positive is there, you just can’t see it at the moment.
This is where faith comes in. Where will our strength come from when we cannot see the positive, or when the negative comes at us at full force? We have the opportunity to get perspective and remember that there is a positive side that we cannot see. That is faith. Faith that the good, in fact God’s best, is there.
Where are we going to find that faith? God’s word gives us many encouragements. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
1 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.”
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
When we are weak, God is strong. When we take time to "plug in" to God, by spending time in His word, listening to uplifting music, worshiping from our heart and renewing our mind, we have strength to get through the junk. Finding positive friends who are also looking up, as in a church family, can also make a difference.
Truly, God can help us see through the pain; to know and remember that there is a “heads” on the other side of the coin, even when the negative side is blatantly staring and yelling at us.
God gives us perspective. By looking up and believing God’s promises, we can see that He is giving us a future and a hope. There is something special about a relationship with God. He is for us. He will heal us. He will guide us to His good and perfect will.
Are you ready to look up?
Carrie Espeseth is with Crosslake Christian Assemblies of God Church.