Lessons from Last Year

We all know the best lessons learned are taught in difficult times. Therefore; all of us should have logged many hours in the school of hard knots this last year. Here are some things I learned over the last year, and I am sure that you could add to this list.

1. The World as we know it can change very fast. Who would have ever thought that the whole world could have been locked down so quickly from a virus? Consider this when the world began to shut down on February 10: 108 people in China died from Covid-19. On that same day, around the world 26,283 people died of cancer, 24,641 died of heart disease, 4,300 people died of diabetes, and suicide, unfortunately, takes more lives than the virus, by 28 times. Moreover, mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day, humans kill 1,300 fellow humans every day, and snakes kill 137 people every day. Change can come quickly in mysterious ways.  

2. My Church family and worshiping together is essential in my life. Last year, I missed church more than I have in my whole life and definitely more than I have after being born again at the age of 21. To me, Church is more important than my health, and I know now that I am definitely willing to risk my life in order to assemble and worship the Lord as commanded in His Word. I need my church family and understand why we are commanded to worship collectively. I grow weak when I miss a week of worship.

3. The government may waste money but will never waste a good disaster as an opportunity to take control of our lives and freedoms. The shutdowns and bans on places of worship while other assemblies of people have been protected and even encouraged such as protest and high profile funerals have shown us that the government will use any crisis as an excuse to grab control and power.

4. God is in control when the world is out of control. I know this by faith and am convinced that through all the troubles, trails and tricks of 2020 God will be glorified. Somehow all that is going on is working to fulfill prophecy and the plans of our sovereign God. Through all that has taken place my God has not forsaken me for one moment and shall not.

Rev. Wayne Marcus