And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Being in quarantine and socially distant for an entire year changed our lives. Some of us were scared of the COVID-19 virus and some of us were not. Our faith has been tested because we did not have a building where we could worship God together. Our sermons were streamed online for several weeks until we decided to have services in the backyard of a home.
From there, we decided to have small groups meet again because the elders prayed for a vision in November 2019. A vision of “unity” was the common theme that came to everyone’s mind at that time. And isn’t it interesting that Satan would use a pandemic to break up the church?
Well, he didn’t succeed. He just stirred things up to get our attention. I feel that he woke up the spiritual giants of our congregation. Our people started to feel normal again when we met in small group and they don’t want to stop. There was a renewed sense of hope, especially when we just hung out to catch up and pray. The family of God just picked up where they left off, and we were encouraged by each others’ stories and prayers.
We all need someone to point us back to Jesus when all normalcy disappears. In our despair and moments of uncertainty, we thirst for inspiration and encouragement. Listening to praises and wise insights have become our joy because they remind us of God’s goodness and his mighty works.
When the Lord rekindles the fire of our faith, we must share that with our friends. Our stories and insights might just be the messages God uses to ignite someone else’s faith and renew their hope.