LOSS- Losing something or someone, grief when deprived of someone or something of value
PERSPECTIVE- An attitude toward or way of regarding something – a point of view (viewpoint)
Jay and I have always told the girls that usually, no matter what your situation, you can find someone worse than you are. That is our attitude towards life. That is our perspective, that is our point of view or our viewpoint.
We all have different viewpoints of the coronavirus, and we can all agree that we have been affected. And most feel that they have had a loss.
Just what is a loss? A loss is losing something or someone, something that has value to you.
You may have a feeling of loss because your life has been like the rest of us disrupted or interrupted. Our daily routines have been uprooted, and our normal is no longer normal. As our preacher said yesterday, “You are probably having feelings of anxiousness, maybe mad, maybe sad.”
I want us to take a minute and go back to several words.
LOSS- SOMETHING OF VALUE
If you feel you have lost something during this outbreak, what is it you think you have lost?
What value does it have?
Is it something that is lost?
I want you to think of this because I want you to put things in perspective.
Let us look at what some have lost:
- Some have lost jobs and now have no means to take care of their families
- Some have lost loved ones
- Some are very sick and dying from this virus in hospitals alone
- Some are very sick, and some are dying from other diseases and are alone (other illness and disease are still happening)
- Tornados ripped through parts of the state have left families with no homes
- There is a family in our town that lost their home to a fire
Think of how this compares to your current situation.
No matter what your situation, one thing we know is what is said in the scripture, Matthew:28. God invites us to come to Him. Come to Him all that are weary and carry heavy burdens, and He will give you rest.
Another scripture is Psalm 23. Our pastor referenced Psalm 23 yesterday. David was the author and David could look back and say, “Yes, God was with me during all my hardships. He was the shepherd keeping watch over me. He knows my name, and he called to me when I was anxious.” Christ does the same thing for us today.
In the book Safe in the Shepherds Arms, by Max Lucado, Lucado dissects this awesome scripture. In the opening, Lucado says, “This scripture is framed and hung in more hospital rooms, scratched on prison walls, quoted by the young, and whispered by the dying. Within the lines, sailors have found a harbor, and the frightened have found a father and the strugglers have found a friend. This scripture is the most deeply loved and is the most widely known.”
Psalm 23 New International Version (NIV)
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The section of this scripture that I want to look at is – though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me your rod and your staff they comfort me.
Lucado speaks these truths:
David could make this claim because he knew where to look. He knew not to turn to other sheep but to turn to the Shephard. Rather than stare at the problems, stare at the solution, stare at Christ. Because David knew Christ, and because of the correct perspective, David was able to say I will fear no evil! Even though David walked through many difficulties, he knew that God was with him and would comfort him.
So while we are facing the coronavirus, having a change in our routines and encountering loss, let us remember we are God’s sheep, and he calls us when we are weary and burdened. Let’s be like David focusing on the Shephard. Faith is trusting what the eyes can’t see. Eyes see storms; Faith sees rainbows. There is always someone’s storm that is more violent than yours, find the rainbow, and remember- Loss is Perspective!
CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK:
- Keep your daily appointment
- Dive deep into His word
- Remember to focus on the shepherd and keep things in perspective
- Fill your cup with Christ because it is only then that we can fill other cups
Lucado, M. (2010). Safe in the shepherds arms: hope and encouragement from Psalm 23. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.BibleGateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/
Have a great week, Cupcake