Monday, April 6, 2020

When The Unthinkable Happens--So Does God

COVID-19 is spreading like a bloodstain to all countries of the world from the very large like the US, Russia and India to the very small like Falkland and Vanuatu. Poor little Vanuatu---literally porverty stricken,Vanuatu is a chain of islands and atolls in the Pacific between Fiji and Easter Island. It is shutting down to contain the virus but yesterday it was hit by a cyclone with windspeeds of over 120 mph. Poverty... contagion... more poverty... a cyclone... the unthinkable happens! Pray for a widow named Mary who emailed me from there a few years ago.

Have you noticed that about 99.9% of governments are responding just as individuals do when first hit with grief---they go into shock and denial. It won't happen to us. We won't have it that badly. We can handle it.... 

Even a little town in Georgia, about an hour away from me, is the perfect example---We're so small we won't get it; so their churches met, their police force did their thing... But denial does not fend off reality and the unthinkable did happen! At least one pastor, some church members and several police have the symptoms.

Widows know that the unthinkable does happen. They could tell the world a lot about the negatives to expect in the days ahead---plenty of shock, denial, anger, hospital visits, loneliness, isolation, money problems, bitterness, discouragement, loss... 

But when the unthinkable happens--so does God. He will get us to the other side of this. What a blessing to go into this holy week of Palm Sunday yesterday (did you remember?), to Good Friday, to Resurrection Sunday. From the darkest, most forsaken of days to the victory of Salvation!

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Psalm 96:1-3

Do you have some of God's marvelous deeds to declare or prayer requests to share? Fill out a comment below or send me an email at If you want me to share them here on this blog please give permission, otherwise I will put it on my personal prayer list.

blessings, and ❤,

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