During the holiday break, we took a family trip to Disney Springs. It is a beautiful shopping, dining space usually filled with sunshine, children’s chatter, and laughter.
But this time, as we walked around, we could hear a repeated broadcast throughout the entire area — “please remember to have your mask on at all times. Anyone who fails to do so will be asked to leave the park.”
The sunshine was the same, but the atmosphere felt surreal and mingled with a bit of sadness.
Here we thought we could escape from the stuffy life of Covid for a little while, but we were still being warned with the nonstop of reality — life is not normal right now. Suddenly the happiest place on earth doesn’t seem so happy anymore.
Make no mistake. I am a rule follower. My children even more so. They wear the masks in school all day long, and sometimes they even remind us parents to put masks on.
But the man’s deep voice that permeated the air everywhere was a constant reminder: this is a world full of danger. We cannot totally trust others, and we are not fully trusted by others either.
Looking at my children’s bright masked face, suddenly, I felt the urge to hug them a little tighter.
More than any other times in my life, I need to remember this truth: when everything seems unsteady, I still have our one unwavering God to hold on to.
Hebrews 10:23 reminds us, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
Here the author reassured us that we believers have God’s promise soley made for us– we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus (Hebrew 10:19). We can stand strong because He is faithful and trustworthy.
In the past year, many of us were skeptical of everything, not knowing what or who to trust.
Because of that, there was a period of time I felt that I was drifting away from Him. Many times I pleaded with Him: Father I don’t feel very close to you these days, please help me. Have you ever prayed like that my friend?
It took a lot of praying and soul searching, but at the end of the day, I can honestly say: I trust my God.
Because He is good and faithful to me. Even when I drifted away from Him, He still patiently waited for me.
Testing of faith is important. The saying ”a faith not tested is a faith that cannot be trusted” is so true. In these trying times, we will see clearly how much we depend on our God to sustain our spirit. When we realize there is no real hope on earth except the hope Jesus Christ purchased for us by His sacrifice, then our faith will have space to grow.
Hold on tight to the people we have — our spouses, children, our families and friends. Let’s rally around our one true God. Then we can weather any storm life will throw at us.