For the past month, the world has been fighting a war. We are all feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in one way or another. And in the midst of our collective war, we have each been appointed as generals over our own battle(s). My battles include trusting in God as Provider because I am a jobless after only working a month, believing the promise that I will be starting school in September, and remembering God’s sovereignty amidst all the tragedy worldwide. It’s true that we didn’t necessarily ask for this fight, but we need to transition from shock & denial to implementing out battle strategies. We need to ask ourselves, how do we get through this victorious? It’s no fun coming out bruised and battered; I must come out standing strong. I cannot tell you what your strategy should look like, but I hope to encourage you to fight.
Today is Resurrection Sunday; for Christians, this is the day that our Savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead. This was the day He came out victorious so that the whole world can claim victory as well. Hearing the Good News again today revitalized me in a way I cannot explain, and I did not know I needed. I am reassured that as God’s daughter I am fighting a fixed fight; as long as my faith remains in Him, there is no such thing as a loss for me. That being said, there are still things I must do to align myself with victory.
- I cry. I am a very emotional person, and I spent most of my life surpressing my emotionsnbelieving they made me weak; however, I have started letting them out, safely, in the presence of the Lord. Jesus and I talk it through, and after our converstion, I can then act. Addressing my emotions allows me to move forward in a healthy, measured, cconfident way. When I don’t do this, I am being deceitful, which prevents God from working in me and through me. In addition, this promotes emotional stability because I find that I aggressively unload my surpressed emotions on others.
- I worship. Sometimes, it seems we are more cognizant of our opponent. When I worship, I am reminded of the power of the One backing me. Much like what happened in 2 Kings 6:17, my vision clears up and I become more aware of those surrounding the enemy surrounding me.
- I exercise. Exercise/being active been proven to help increase energy levels, improve mood and mental state, and sharpen the mind. Sadly, gyms are closed; however, there are various other ways to remain active. A 30 minute walk, a 20 minute stretching routine, or a 15 minute dance routine are great ways to stay active. It also helps get you out of your bed if you are like me with almost nothing to do during this time.
- I commune with other people. We are practicing social distancing but that doesn’t mean we can’t communicate with others, especially those who are a part of our God-given community. Battles seem impossible when you’re fighting them alone, so don’t.
This is just a snippet of my battle strategy which I modify based on the season. It also changes with maturity. But one thing has carried over since summer of 2014, I am not alone, God is fighting for and with me.
This is not an easy time for anyone regardless of faith, sex, age, etc. but we should join together as humans, God’s image-bearers, and fight alongside eachother. While we push forward, let us never forget that Jesus loves each and every one of us. It is for this reason He conquered death, hell, and the grave. He ensured that we would be able to commune with Him and receive His love, as long as we believe in Him. Stay strong my peeps!
Ps. What are some of your battle strategies? How are you staying victorious in this season? Feel free to share in the comments!