Do you dread going to the grocery store these days? I’ve gotten to where I pray for God’s protection in the parking lot before I venture in as it feels like I’m headed into a battle ground filled with land mines called COVID-19. Could she be a carrier of COVID-19? What about him? I pray that God’s peace will flood my heart rather than anxiety. I want joy, not angst! So if you are also struggling with this, I want to give you three ways to find joy in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Pray for Joy. I don’t know about you, but the sight of so many people with masks covering their smiles attempts to rob my joy. So I lift up this prayer silently: “Lord, please fill me with your joy and remove the sadness that is trying to creep in.” I ask God to help me project a light of peace and confidence, rather than a dark aura of fear as I weave in and out of the aisles, and respectfully keep my distance.
Maybe you are having the same feelings and are a little south of happy right now, but there is hope when we remember that God promises to fill us with joy in His presence (Psalm 16:11). If you know that you are venturing out, and it causes an unsettled feeling, then just pray that the Lord will pour His overflowing joy into you before you leave. (Romans 15:13).
Download Joy. According to Galatians 5:22–23, joy is a “fruit of the spirit.” That means if the Holy Spirit is residing in you because of a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have instant access to joy. It’s easily downloadable and has already been paid for in full. You just can’t let the Coronavirus corrupt your file. Call it forth and click on joy. I have opened up my joy file numerous occasions when I have felt down and have immediately seen my countenance change, simply by claiming what is rightfully mine.
Focus on the Good. We can also experience joy when we remember that God is sovereign and in control, despite how uncertain the future is due to COVID-19. I just read a Bible study that challenged me to “focus on that which is—not that which might be.” Reflect on the good that is coming out of this pandemic. People are more tuned into His message of hope in the midst of this trial, and that should make us joyful.
Millions are watching church services online more than ever before, and many are reconnecting during this time of pause. In our neighborhood, I see families walking and riding bikes together. My husband and I have had more time together than we’ve had in years due to the stoppage of travel. We’ve also started a Friday night Zoom check-in with our son and his wife who live out of town. It’s not all bad!
When we walk in joy rather than fear, others will notice. French Philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, once said, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God” so when we exude joy, the people we do come into contact with will see God’s presence working in and through us. They’ll wonder, How can she have joy at a time like this? They will want to know our secret, and of course, we’ll have to tell them.
We have to remember no matter how it looks in the world right now, in the end, God wins. If this drags on, He will show us how to survive, and his joy will be our strength because we have the promise of one day spending eternity with Him. That thought is bringing joy to my heart. What about you?
Pearls of Promise has two exciting opportunities coming up for you. On Wednesday, live at 11:00 a.m., we will be offering another “Pearl of Encouragement” on the Pearls of Promise Facebook Page. Pearls Founder, Lisa Burkhardt Worley, will be sharing about “What Do You Do When You are Feeling Anxious” and will give practical ways to overcome anxiety.
Then next Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m., we will be having a one-hour “POP Chat” on Zoom. We’d love for you to join us as we will worship with Renee Rollins, pray, and work through some of the feelings we are having as a result of COVID-19. The link to register is below.
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