Note: All of this is written with the respect of prayer for those who are suffering firsthand with sickness or loss of a loved one due to Coronavirus. My hope is that this is all quickly resolved to alleviate the added stress that has impacted many.
With amusement parks shut down due to Covid-19 I’ve been thinking who needs Disneyland anyway when there’s a wave of roller coaster emotions right in my own home!?
After I hit publish on last week’s post I was bound and determined to keep my positive upbeat vibe going that I was feeling, but Satan came in quick like a wrecking ball…man I get tired of him. I’ve intended to enjoy this downtime, making the most of it by spending time creating memories of healthy bonding with my family.
A far cry from reality…
Since that last post I’ve dealt with lots of unexpected..a mess of canceling travel plans through Expedia, transitioning my grandma from her home into a nursing home, and trying to figure out and set up my kids new elearning school schedule…holy moly that last challenge has brought full assurance that I am absolutely not tech savvy at all! Surprised I can even maintain this blog!
Overall I have the choice to keep a positive attitude regardless, but sometimes I get overwhelmed with change and forget to take my stress to the Lord immediately. On the other hand I neglect to remain aware that Satan is always on the prowl, even when (actually especially when) I’m at my highest points.
The other day I was thinking how in the world did my household dramatically go from happy, silly, and dancing like no one was watching last week (see last post with video) to whining, bickering, and a lack of mercy and grace with one another in a matter of one day…??
With perfect timing the words “he prowls around…looking for someone to devour” quickly swept in over my thoughts so I pulled out my trusty and faithful “Thought-navigator” and turned to 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” This was exactly what I needed reminded of — to consciously stay alert of Satan’s scheme-filled tactics 24-7.
I couldn’t just cut that idea off right there, I had to read the entire context of the passage.
The words surrounding 1 Peter 5:8 are so encouraging and applicable to what we’re all dealing with that I’m super excited to share them with you:
1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. -1 Peter 5:1-11
Breaking apart these 2000 year old verses a bit, we can pair them up to how they fit (even nowadays) with the Christian life, our current situation in the world, and also right in our homes.
…If we read through again thinking of Christian parents/leaders etc. as the elders or shepherds caring and setting a good example for our flock (family) its motivational. We can also give attention to verse five that our younger “sheep” should be compliant and submissive to those modeling a healthy Christian example. Combining these directions there should be this beautiful understanding of the hopeful unity that is intended within Christian brothers and sisters.
Further more in verses six and seven we’re called to humble ourselves and to cast our cares on Him above. Meanwhile verses eight and nine tell us to be alert and of sober mind because the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, meaning we need to expect that Satan’s on a mission to wreak havoc among us no matter our attitude’s condition — good or bad.
The powerful words in verse ten follow up by assuring us that after we’ve suffered a little while, God will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast. The realization is that the suffering we face (of any sort) may be lifelong, but the beauty is that our hope is held in Heaven’s eternity, never in earth’s heartaches and disappointments.
With my church doors closed on Sunday mornings these days, it boldly and thoughtfully reiterates the fact that the church truly consist of a body of believers in Christ and can absolutely happen without a structural facility. Church exists through people — not a huge fancy building, not a small one, not a building at all. We, as Christians, are the church. My family is part of the church. Satan’s desire is to come within our emotional boundaries to tear us up and blindside us at anytime, but if we remain expectant of his attempts, we can stand solid and grounded on God’s desires. We, as shepherds, must set an example of positive leadership to our flock and trust in the Chief Shepherd’s promise that we’ll one day be restored.
Stay healthy and hopeful y’all!❤️