Watching television and listening to the radio, it can seem that good news is hard to find. Speculation, hope and statistics can quickly become (in the words of The Temptations) a ball of confusion. Or, as Whitney Houston repeatedly asked in song, Where do I go…who do I talk to…who do I lean on?
Let me posit a bit of perspective for us, followers of Christ. As I’ve often shared, if we can read, believe and apply the truth in just the first verse of the Bible, the rest (COVID-19 or anything else) is a piece of cake. This is not to ignore or downplay our very real concerns. Wonderfully, not only does God know who we are but where we are. And, as with Elijah, He meets us where we are and ministers to our humanity and spirit.
I’m encouraged by God’s word in general and strengthened by one verse in particular. It was written from the perspective of one that knew a thing or two because he’d seen a thing or two:
I once was young, now I’m a graybeard—
not once have I seen an abandoned believer,
or his kids out roaming the streets. (Psalm 37:25)
When the storms of life are threatening?
Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrow blow?
And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?
I go to the rock
I know He’s able
I go to the rock
A p-k (preacher’s kid), Mark is the eighth of nine children born to Reuben and Henrietta Meeks, prolific planters of nearly 30 churches throughout the Central Valley of California. After four decades of teaching, discipling, and ministering, including to the hospitalized and imprisoned, Mark responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry. In addition to degrees in civil engineering and public administration, Mark received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary.