From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 26, 2020
Subject: It's March 26; Good Morning Union

"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You." ~ Psalm 56:3

Day 8 Quarantined, musings continue: (I’ve passed the half-way point!)

Following up from yesterday, this thing might also be a reality check on my trust in God. Just look how one person in China (whom I am NOT angry with, nor do I blame) contracted a new virus and within months, or even weeks, has crippled the whole world socially, economically, physically, and yes, maybe even spiritually. The Bible predicts that the closing scenes before Jesus come will be “rapid ones.” I’m not sure THIS is the rapid even just before Jesus comes, but it is virtually that for those who are losing their lives in this pandemic.

It also says that we will have nothing to lean on except Jesus. Now along comes a challenge and we allow government to dictate the closing of churches and schools for the sake of society. Before you lynch me for heresy, I AGREE that we should be closing our churches and schools and everything else we can to prevent the spread of this disease. I’M QUARENTINED AT HOME! I’m complying!! I think it’s the right thing to do. I’m just intrigued with our willingness to comply. I wonder how far I will comply if, “for the sake of the good of society,” I am asked to maybe turn from God, or give up His day of worship?

I am honored to be a part of a religious and educational system, that gives me support and community in my journey with Jesus, that has “complied” with the request to close its doors for the sake of society, but has NOT shut down its role and function of being a “light to the world,” and a “shelter in the time of storm.” Then I ask myself, am I “in compliance” with my society at the expense of my spiritual commitments, or am I using my compliance as an opportunity to provide an illustration of the value of having established my trust in confidence in God SO THAT in the midst of turmoil and upheaval in a world currently out of control, “I have an anchor that keeps my soul, Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love.” This may be the greatest opportunity to demonstrate what affect my “Anchor” is having on my life.

Have a great day confirming where your strength comes from,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: “Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather, it is knowing that YOU will be okay no matter how things turn out.”