Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. – Psalm 62:2
Back in the early 2000s, when I was a high school student in Paris, Texas, there was a Christian artist who had come out with a song called “Imagine Me Without You.” The artist’s name was Jaci Valasquez. She was gaining popularity for her talent and songs, but also because she had some bilingual songs on her album. I always find it beautiful hearing God praised in a language I don’t understand. It reminds me that we all praise the same God, and we are all connected.
But this particular song she recorded came to mind last week as I was heading to bed. With all the “abnormal” that we have going on right now: staying home, not being able to socialize in gathering spaces, limiting our contact with people when we need essential grocery items; bringing our regular school, church, and work activities home; all of these things are outside our known normal.
So, what keeps us going?
I can’t speak for everyone, but I know for me, it’s simply that my life doesn’t ultimately depend on any of the things this world has to offer. Money, success, relationships, things I can buy, etc. I want to emphasize the “ultimately” in that statement, though, because, like every human, I do get caught up in the metrics of this world sometimes and the whole “Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality.
Just as everything has been stripped to bare bones in recent weeks, I’m standing steady. My family is standing steady. There is much uncertainty in a lot of areas of our lives. When will Audrey go to kindergarten? Where will she go? Will we need to homeschool her? How are our friends doing? How much longer should we prepare to social distance? How much should we adjust our budget? Will we be able to find toilet paper? The answer to that last one is, we finally did!
When I say we are steady, that doesn’t mean we have it together. That doesn’t mean I’m a joyful little sunflower to be around every day or that we aren’t nervous sometimes about the upcoming weeks. We miss our friends and worry (pray) about our family and community.
The thing that holds us steady is knowing that God knows this girl’s name, April, and every person in my house. He knows my name, and He cares for me. He has NOT forgotten me/us. And the deep roots of my life, the foundation on which I stand, is deeply secure in Him. It may have cracks here and there, and even some dead stuff, but it is deep.
Growing up in Paris, Texas, that meant growing up in Tornado Alley. Yes, that can be as scary as it sounds! But you get used to it. When a tornado hits, you have very little warning sometimes. The sirens may go off in time for you to take cover, but regardless of whether you have time to prepare or not, a tornado doesn’t know the difference. It’s just going to barrel through and destroy anything in its path. Any elevated structure will be leveled. However, a good foundation can withstand the force. Clean up after the storm will reveal the concrete pads where homes once stood.
Compare the foundation of a home to your own life right now. When all this is over, what will be left? Will you see a strong foundation that you can rebuild on? Or will you find that your foundation was unstable? Now is the time to level things out, and put support cables in. What’s built on our foundations can be rebuilt on the same foundation IF the foundation is secure.
Yes, these times can be scary and unpredictable, but even if everything around me is chaos, God is steady. He isn’t any different today than He was last Easter or even the day Jesus rose from the grave. He is the same God, yesterday, today, and forever.
Build your life on that truth! If you are reading this, and you are feeling like everything is hopeless, know that it is not hopeless. God is the God of hope and peace. I pray that you would know that truth.
Disclaimer, just because your house is built on a firm foundation, doesn’t mean you’re shielded from any storms. Just because you are a Christ-follower does not mean that you won’t feel the effects from the economy or that you won’t have rollercoaster emotions during this pandemic.
It does mean that even if everything else wastes away, it will be O.K. because my hope is in God. Not man. Not stuff. Not money. Not my job. Not my relationships. Not success. Only Him.
If you need that hope today, please reach out to us. We want to help you through this time. We may not have all the answers, but we will walk with you through this. We are all in this together, and it’s better that way. You are not alone.
I can’t imagine going through life without God.
The foundation I choose to stand firm on is Jesus Christ, and the living hope he brings into my life through his resurrection.
Share your hope with others. The world needs it. Don’t hoard it. Be generous with that hope.
Go be a blessing. It’s what we are supposed to be.