How many times in the last few weeks have we heard that word unprecedented?  In fact I think just about every day I’ve heard it mentioned or I’ve read it on a news bulletin or on a helpful encouraging word from a preacher.  But what does it actually mean, and why does it impact me to the point that I agree most wholeheartedly! These are unprecedented times I feel we are in, so this virus makes me feel it is unprecedented?  Oh, yes without a doubt!

Unprecedented, the definition as follows: without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled: an unprecedented event…

If you describe something as unprecedented, you are emphasizing that it is very great in quality, amount, or scale.  The mission has been hailed as an unprecedented event or success and in the case of the virus, the scale of the epidemic (all around the world) and the difference it has made to our everyday lives is unprecedented, never before experienced, at least not in our lifetime!

It is a bizarre day and time we are living in, so unusual and abnormal. Just to go shopping for my normal weekly food last week was a very unsettling feeling, seeing the shelves empty and a tension that was so tangible, my senses were on high alert.  Shopping again this week was another abnormal event, what should have been my normal routine turned into queuing for half an hour outside in the cold.  

All the events that are happening around us are abnormal, scary, uncertain and very, very sad for so many families who have lost loved ones because of this virus and can’t even say a proper good bye. Things changing, never mind from day to day more like hour to hour, it is crazy and it is scary.  When I cough or it feels like my throat is a little sore, I’m thinking and praying, “Please God not me! Have I or is it?? And, I can’t afford to get it, what will happen to my family, how would we cope?”  

Question after question bombarding our minds, questions on line, questions on the news, yet most of the questions I hear are answered with; “I don’t know” or, “We can’t say because we don’t know.”  No answers or very few answers, well that’s unprecedented in itself don’t you think, people on the news always seem to have answers, but not this time not yet anyhow!

In my prayer time at the moment I’m reading a Bible study book by Mark Batterson called ‘Chase the Lion’,  {stepping confidently into the unknown}. Session 5 is Embracing Uncertainties and was very timely for the uncertainties we are facing right now. The whole study is based on the account in 2 Samuel 23; 20-23 about one of Kind David’s honoured mighty men who went into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion! 

He quotes ‘Uncertainty is the point where faith enters the equation’.  Biblical faith is rooted in a belief or confidence in God.  To be certain of God is to be uncertain in all our ways, you never know what a day may bring!  What we are living in right now in March 2020 is unplanned, unscripted and unpredictable, scary!

Pastor Erwin McManus said in Mark’s book “The future is uncertain, but we need to move toward it with confidence. There’s a future to be created, a humanity to be liberated…Stop being afraid of what we cannot see and do not know and move forward because of what we do know”. His perfect love casts out all fear!

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.   (Philippians 4:6)

Stay safe under the shadow of His wings.

His love & mine,

Pastor Lydia x

(Part 2 of Unprecedented coming soon…)

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