No, not the Miss Clairol kind of highlights gracing my ever-graying hair.
Social distancing. Quarantine. Covid-19. Mandates. Mask-rage. A new vocabulary has arisen. The reality that our reality has changed pours from every direction. Uncertainty and a sense of unease have suddenly become an ever-present guest.
Feeling the sheer weight of the trial that seems to be engulfing every area of life, I whispered a prayer for help, opened my Bible, and scanned the pages for highlighted, underlined, and note-beside-them verses. Highlights from past days and past trials with scribbled notes reminded me of all God has walked me through. Not having the mental stamina or emotional energy to search out something new, these old friends are comfort food for my soul–reminding me of His faithfulness and sovereign control of all that has grazed my life.
All these neon, yellow highlights and “Amens” scrawled in red ink make me question if I still believed what I had highlighted. Now. Amid such worldwide and prescription-for-fear uncertainty. Did these highlights represent the truth and a rock-solid faith to stand on, or did they reveal a shallowness that would only carry me through sunny days and desired outcomes? Was my faith a facade or real?
Although my emotions might fluctuate with the latest news story, my faith didn’t have to. I had a choice to make, and a God to serve. Whatever the outcome, He is in control and has a purpose. In the meantime, I must find my strength in the shelter of the Most High and be about His business.
Right now, while God has your undivided attention, look back at your neon highlights or make some new ones.
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