There have been many changes in the weeks since I posted my last blog, we all had to adjust, settle into our new rhythms, and hopefully spent some time enjoying aspects of a slower pace of life. Now we are experiencing a gradual return to what we used to call ‘normal’, a return to the office for some, or gathering in person with family or a few friends. Through this time, I have been profoundly moved by the ongoing global impact of this terrible pandemic, the huge statistics, and suffering in countries that are not well equipped to manage. But also, in more local stories of families reunited, communities coming together and so many acts of kindness to those in need. Good really does prevail!
Last time, I spoke about finding a new path, coping with the changes brought on by the pandemic, and that through this time our faith would be tested. Also, that we should use this unique opportunity to deepen our relationship with Jesus.
In my business, I now see the economic challenges companies around the world are experiencing and the huge dilemmas they face in trying to balance financial survival, whilst also minimising the human impact. Some sectors are experiencing unprecedented growth; however, many organisations are now struggling and this will surely increase as government financial support is removed. Not every story is negative, but many uncertainties will remain.
Some of us will be experiencing that uncertainty right now, which can bring a huge burden! I recently read that the human brain is hard wired to react to uncertainty with fear and fear in turn can bring anxiety. If we are carrying concerns or anxiety about what the future might bring, we must surrender that which we cannot control to the God that protects us and loves us. I know from experience that is not always easy to do! In my past, I have found it incredibly difficult to hand over full control to God, especially when experiencing employment or financial uncertainty. Over time, I have learnt through some hard lessons, to look to the Bible for my encouragement. God speaks directly and intentionally to us through so many verses.
Proverbs 3:5 – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’. At this moment, I have absolutely no idea what the next 6 months will bring, will I still have my job, will I be able to pay the bills, what will schooling look like for my kids? Each day I persist through prayer and petition, no matter how difficult, that I will continue to trust God and try not to carry the days burdens in my own strength…as I do so, I will remember that Heaven will be cheering me on.
Matthew 12:18 – ‘Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight’. This verse grounded in Isaiah 42, references the coming of Jesus, but also holds three wonderful truths for us. That God chose us, that He loves us, and that He will watch over us. No matter what our circumstances, He will watch over us! Therefore, we place our hope in Jesus and through prayer and fellowship, make sure that we let go of our worries so we can continue to be a beacon of light to those around us.
Through ‘God in the Workplace’ and Transform Reading, we are building a group of ‘Mentors’ that would love to stand alongside those who have a need in their work or business situation. Bringing specific sector experience, a network of contacts and a desire to provide practical advice and prayer, supporting anyone who is facing uncertainty.
If you are interested in finding out more, please do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.