He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
This is a Bible verse from Psalm 91. What do you imagine as you read this verse?
And more from this psalm:
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
What images do you see in your head? What do they make you feel?
You and I are living in a crazy world today. As you know, COVID-19 first broke out in Wuhan, China. That’s where my husband’s from and where my parents-in-law are living. I’d been dealing with the worries and anxieties for our families and friends in China ever since January. Now, two months later, it became their turn to worry about us living in Geneva, Switzerland, for all the schools and shops are shut down, all the gatherings canceled, and all the citizens are suggested to stay at home, all because of the fast-spreading COVID-19.
If you are not living in China, the emergency measures many governments have taken might still feel a shock to you. Things change so rapidly that you hardly had time to process and understand. Yesterday you were still going to work or school, and the next day, you stood in front of an empty shelf at a supermarket, failing to get a roll of toilet paper, confused and depressed.
I feel you. You are not alone.
For many of us, life was already full and challenging enough. I am a mom with a toddler and a four months old baby, trying to navigate my writing career (without any pay yet) as I breastfeed my daughter and change my son’s diaper. My husband was looking for more work to pay the bills. We didn’t need a daily evolving pandemic to top up what was already on our plate. I don’t need to add another kind of anxiety to myself—-the fear of being sick or my family being unhealthy.
Do you feel me?
Thankfully, for the past two months, amid many uncontrollable situations swirling around me, I’ve been doing this one thing I knew—- going back to the Word of God day in and day out. I’ve been holding onto the promises of God in scriptures like I’m holding onto a rescue rope thrown to me in a stormy sea.
I recently listened to one of my favorite podcasts. What inspired me from this particular episode is the power of imagination. We, as spiritual and emotional beings, are greatly affected by our imaginations. Most of the time, anxiety comes from imagination gone out of God.
You see, the situation in yours and my life right now may be challenging and scary. But we can choose to imagine different storylines from where we stand today. When we are in Christ, we’ve got the full access pass to all the promises of God in the Bible.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him (Christ). That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1: 20)
Scarce land is a hard place to live. But remember, it’s not where we live today, or tomorrow. So don’t let your imagination go down there. We are dwelling in Christ, the Highest, the All Mighty. His is the kingdom of life and abundance.
Dear reader, In place of fear, let us build our imagination for what’s lovely and hopeful on the solid foundation, the word of God, as we immerse ourselves in the scriptures daily, instead of the headlines, and hold on tight to His promises. And may we spread the fragrance of hope in our rattling neighborhood.
Here is one more promise of God came to mind that brought me great comfort when I was holding my baby girl in my arms to feed her the other day:
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you! (Isaiah 49:15)
God will not forget you. Whether it’s in the valley or at the mountain top, He has promised to be with you.
What is the one promise of God you can build your imagination on today? Please comment below!