PC: Callie Cherry

My world has completed shifted over the past month. My wedding planning looks nothing like what I imagined. My job has completely changed- from being in my classroom at my school to now teaching virtually and recording lessons in my room. Jono and I are trying to navigate with our parents what getting married look like in this season. We constantly disinfect in my house because my mom is a nurse. And I know things have changed even more for most of the world.

And in the midst of all of this, I feel like there’s a lesson that’s so simple, yet so hard to comprehend that we’ve all been navigating- letting go.

In the midst of the pandemic, we feel like we’ve lost all control of things. We can’t get a grip on how many people are getting infected. We have less of a control of our jobs and job security. Grocery store trips at times feels like we’re putting our lives on the line. World leaders do not know what to tell the people they lead and scientists change when they think the necessary precautions should be day after day. No one is able to control what life currently looks like. But when we take a step back and reflect, when have we really ever had complete control of our lives? Never.

But the One person that’s always had control is Jesus. I don’t know why our world has been rocked with this virus. I don’t know why people’s lives are being taken. I don’t know why people are walking through this season of hardship and struggles. But I do know that we have a God who is faithful.. We have a God that has conquered death. We have a God that is in control and we’re called to “be still and know that [He] is God” (Psalm 46). We have a God who hears our prayers.

We can’t control life. We’ve actually never been able to. But we do get to control our posture and perspective-

To honor others.

To walk in humility.

To see with eyes of hope.

To love others as they are.

To choose joy and thanksgiving.

So as we’re navigating this season of a lot of “I don’t know,” choose to surrender. When we choose to hand authority over to the Lord, we find true peace. When we spend time “in [God’s] presence, there is fulness of joy” that takes the place of fear. So as we continue to learn to let go and trust God, we find joy and peace in the journey.

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