Can we celebrate in times such as these?

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

This world seems to be in a state of absolute upheaval; for many there are positives, but for many more there is loss, grief, trauma, fear, loneliness, sickness, and even death. We seem to be in a long season of being out of control of so much. Nothing is certain, and regulations, and opinions, seem to change week by week, if not day by day!

“So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:31

We have been relatively unaffected by Covid, in our day-to-day life here in Zambia. We are blessed with an abundance of space on the farm we live on, and I do not take that for granted. I miss my family, I miss my friends, I miss freedom, I miss church gatherings & community events. England used to feel like a quick hop on a plane for my mother and I, now I cannot get there, nor her here. Living on work permits and contracts as expats comes with many insecurities. We wait, and wait, and wait on our adoption.

Fix your eyes on the light in the darkness

Mostly I feel content and grateful for the beautiful friendships and community God has brought into our lives. There are some days I feel lonely, some days I feel trapped, but through all those days, good and bad, I have that peace that surpasses all understanding. I have the knowledge that He is right here with me, every minute of every day, and it is up to me to acknowledge Him, to include Him, to praise Him.

For that, I celebrate. I celebrate my salvation and freedom through faith in Christ. He is with me, always, all I need to do is keep my eyes fixed on Him. There is no better thing to celebrate!

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

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