We are in difficult times. Things seem to be easing a little with still a lingering thought of the virus becoming worse again over the winter. I think I can safely say that none of us planned this year with any thought of covid 19. The virus has pretty much stifled plans and our lives for the best part of 6 months. Can we say though that God knew? I think we can. Does anything happen that God does not know about? I’m not so sure it does. We have been without our Comfort blanket of being able to attend church in our buildings for months. A few questions I’ve been asking, • How many of us in this time have had church with God as much as we should have? • Did Church with God only take place when our church sermons were posted on social media platforms? • Did the period of lockdown help me go further in spending time with God and exploring him further? If I were to suggest that this period of our lives could be viewed as a time in which, without fellowship with each other for a prolonged period of time, our faith has been immensely tested, I think many would agree? How many of us have experienced bad news in some form during this period? The loss of a loved one? The loss of employment? Looking at the news many more may suffer loss probably their jobs due to this coronavirus. But i think, we can find direction, guidance even comfort and encouragement from God through the Bible for us right now, where we are. My biggest fear is bad news. Human nature follows this usually with worst case scenario thinking and feelings of helplessness. Prayer can be so difficult in these times as finding or formulating a solution appears to be the first logical thing for us to do when actually, trusting God is what we should unequivocally do in these times. Psalm 123 v 1-2 ‘…Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore…’ Hiding our anxiety or pain and trying to deal with things on our own as much as possible is our natural way in which to deal with our issues, anxiety, depression, pain, or fear, but going to God with it is absolutely the best thing we could do. Are you honest with God about your pain? Hopelessness? Anger? Depression? Have you slipped during this difficult time into negative thinking? Unbelief? Are you trying to work your way out of your issues on your own? Please let me encourage you to talk to God, Pray with God. Be honest with God, Trust in Him. Jesus says ‘…cast your burdens unto him, because He cares for you…’. God loves you, and He promises to answer when we call, to be there for us when we trust in him. Don’t suffer in silence, on your own, during these uncertain times. Talk to God, He hears, He answers, He cares. #TheFlame #Family #JustTalk

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