This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA. TAKING THE LONG VIEW
As we wrap up our series of the Daily Dose, I would like to share several thoughts about "taking the long view."
As we have navigated the waters of uncertainty these past three months - dealing with the Covid outbreak, fear and self-isolation and social distancing, our churches and schools closing, and the challenges of how to safely reopen - I have struggled to maintain a "long view" focus. Many of my daily thoughts and actions have centered on the here and now. Can you relate?
I confess I often forget that I am not in control of most things. I confess that I often forget the truth of Scripture that God IS in control, that He sees - and commands - the "long view."
Do you remember the Garden and the fall into sin? What did God do immediately after the fall? He promised the solution to the problem Adam and Eve now faced! He promised the Savior - the One who "would crush" the head of the evil one. (Genesis 3:15) It took thousands of years for this promise to be fulfilled, but fulfilled it was when "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14) God sees - and commands - the "long view."
I am making a conscious decision each day to trust God and His "long view" of today's challenges. I am immersing myself in the promises of God each day.
"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go..." Genesis 28:15 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 "Surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20
LORD God, be with us and help us to keep our eyes focused on You as we look to the "long view." We trust You! We love You! Amen.
-Lynne Rose, School Ministries Early Childhood Consultant