There is no one among us finding this situation easy, whether because you're concerned about your employment and business situation, or because you're concerned for older family members, or significant life events are being cancelled, or because you don't know how you're going to manage to work from home and do childcare simultaneously, or because you saw the empty shelves in the supermarket, or because you're feeling the pressure on public services out on the front line. Yesterday afternoon it was good to see the faces of dozens in our pastoral group over a Zoom meeting. Joining us were two of our eldest saints, who explained that this feels worse to them than during the Second World War - because they cannot meet up with friends, family and as a church this time. Their experience confirm that we're justified to be finding this difficult and that it's no wonder that our feelings are up and down. No one can remember anything quite else like this happening in living memory.
However, the benefit of having the Bible is that it gives us access to the collective memory of God's people across not only the decades but the millennia. They have been thrust into all manner of impossible situations (think: slavery in Egypt, wandering in the Wilderness, exile in Babylon, etc) and yet they have always found the LORD God in those situations with them. When the prophet Jeremiah's life suddenly stopped and he saw the destruction that fell upon Jerusalem, he wrote the words of this meditation:
"The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness" (Lamentation 3:22-23).
So as you awake and set out into this new, very different week be sure to pray and claim in faith the portion of God's grace and help that you need to face today - and be sure that whatever the uncertainties about what tomorrow (or next week, or a couple of months down the line) that God has already laid up provisions of grace for those days too.