I have had to fight an internal battle during this pandemic that I believe many of you are struggling with as well; which is the emotion of feeling useless. Here we are feeling “stuck”. We have been taken away from what we know as normal with things like sports, friend hangouts and school. This feeling of uselessness is from the enemy. His goal is to distract you from what God has in store. If you're like me, you might be struggling with this feeling of uselessness, and often that can lead to another feeling of stress. You might be thinking that there is no possible way for God to use you when you’re in quarantine and away from the rest of the world. Take a moment to think about the emotions/feelings have you been allowing to invade your heart? Are they feelings that are lifting you up or tearing you down?
Instead of giving into feeling useless, allow access for Him to use you in new ways.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wellness and not for evil, but to give you a future and a hope.” He has a perfect plan in store, and He will pave the way, so be encouraged to keep your hearts, eyes and ears open.
We are called to be a light in the darkness: Matthew 5:16 says, “Be the light for all to see.”
Right now, our world is drowned in darkness and doubt, but we know He has given us the power to rise in light, and love.
What are some ways you can spread His light, and love during this time? As I was praying about new ways He could use me I came across a cheesy, but true quote: “There is always a rainbow after every storm.” After reading this I felt it in my heart to turn my bible to Genesis 9. There we read that the Rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise to never flood the earth again. God says to Noah in verse 12-13, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all generations: I have sent my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
God’s promises are NEVER failing, and are ALWAYS kept. The enemy will always take what is beautiful and ruin it, but God will take what is ruined, and create it into something beautiful. So that moment after a storm ends, and the sun begins to shine through , when the Rainbow appears let it be a reminder that the Lord ALWAYS keeps His promises. In what ways have you seen Him keep His promises?
We are in the middle of a storm, but we are also in the midst of great opportunities to allow God to use us in new ways. I took what I learned about His promises, and shared that with my friends by creating Rainbow key chains as a constant reminder of His goodness. Will you allow Him to use you in new ways? God is good, and His promises are always kept. He will see us out of this storm. Let’s no longer allow the feeling of uselessness to invade our hearts, but open our hearts, and allow access for Him to use us in many new ways.
Valley Youth Student,
Isabelle Koenigsknecht - 11th Grade