How are you doing? Like really?
If you’re like me, you ran all out of distractions a few days ago and quarantine days are starting to feel like weeks. I clean and organise absolutely anything if it means I don’t have to revise. I have also run out of baking ideas so if you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments!
Today’s post is a quick one but hey, you have all the time in the world anyway. 🙂
Late last year I attended a worship conference, and on top of some incredibly intimate times of worship we had some great talks. The talk on Saturday morning had been about *drum roll please* worship and how our personal times of worshipping God at home helps to set the temperature of our musical sets on a Sunday. The phrase that stood out to me the most in that session was,
“In a world of thermometers, we are called to be thermostats.”
At first it seemed a bit odd, but the speaker went on to explain that both items can record temperature, but only one has the ability to change the room. Typically, the thermostat in your house is set by you (or your parents) so that anytime the temperature drops below the target heaters are automatically fired up and the room returns to the desired temperature. It may take 5 minutes, it may take an hour but the correct temperature is always restored. Thermometers take on the temperature of whatever they are placed in.
Earlier this week, God brought my attention Psalm 13, at first glance it’s a prayer of lament from David, maybe you feel like it could have also been taken from your thoughts. David starts off by saying to God, “How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle…with sorrow in my soul every day?” Perhaps you’ve prayed that prayer recently, maybe not quite like that but “God can you see that people are suffering? How long will this quarantine last? When will I be able to go the out and feel safe again?”
It’s okay to have questions, that’s a vital part of processing all that’s going on. To be a thermostat in our current climate is do to what David does at the end of his Psalm, return to the knowledge of God’s goodness.
"But I will trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me." Psalm 13: 5-6 (NLT)
I don’t post this scripture as the solution to our problems. This isn’t a flippant painting over the cracks of pain, or a state of ignoring your anxieties about your health but rather a declaration of faith. It is an act of returning to remember the goodness of God in past situations and believing that He can still be that good in our future. Prophetically praying that despite what we see now, we can hold on to the truth and promise of His faithfulness.
If there’s only one element of routine in your day let it be this, spend time with God, just 10 minutes of worship out loud can help restore you to a temperature of praise. Get creative with it, write a letter, draw, paint, sing, dance!
In this season, God is inviting us into a relationship that is steadfast on His word. Instead of taking on the temperature of fear around you, let Him set the thermostat of your heart. Whether it takes 5 minutes or 5 days, choose to return to the peace He gives.
p.s. here are a few resources that have been shared with me:
– Where is God in a Coronavirus world? – John Lennox
– Coronavirus and Christ – John Piper (Free Ebook)
Bible Studies on You-version
– Fighting for Mental and Emotional Health
– Creatures of Habit – Prayer
– Salty Lemonade: A refreshing twist on the recipe for overcoming adversity
And finally, here’s a little quarantine playlist for you: