Seven Lessons During a Season of Unrest
I find it interesting that the song “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe Cody was released just days before Covid.
Yet I admit, the first time I heard “The Blessing,” I was NOT feeling blessed. Covid had just hit, and our family was on lockdown with the rest of the world -- isolated, confused, and unsure of the future.
I continued to hear the song during those early weeks and felt a bit bewildered, wondering where and what the blessing really was.
But last week, one year into Covid and several months since hearing the song, my daughter turned on “The Blessing” after dinner, and immediately, I sensed a difference. My heart flooded with emotion. An unexpected freshness and gratitude welled in my heart as I cleared the table and quietly rehearsed the lyrics in my head.
What once was a song I heard had become a truth I believed. The once concealed blessings of 2020 were revealed in my mind. As I continued working in the kitchen, I listened with fresh ears and began recounting the blessings and lessons of this year.
To press on, even under pressure
To have faith, even when I fail
To slow down and invest in relationships
To embrace His perfect plan, despite the disappointments
To see the need of the Gospel to a desperate world
That family connections are more valuable than the over-booked calendars of pre-COVID days
Most of all, I’m learning to experience ‘the blessing’ of clinging to Christ through the unknowns!
No one would say this year has been easy, but I believe that in it, there are ‘blessings’ for each of us.
Perhaps for you, this year feels nothing like a blessing. I get that. Still, nestled in these times of pressure, pain, and uncertainty is an opportunity to rest in our Father’s perfect love.
Whatever valley you’ve walked or battle you’ve fought, would it help your heart to know that your Father in heaven has not left you, but extends His blessing to you? It’s the promise of His presence and an invitation to know Him more through the process.
So today, and every day, may ‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”