Jesus has won

by Ali Hoffman

North Texas Catholic

3/19/2020

beach with rocks

I honestly feel like I’m in a movie right now. That the past week somehow has been taken straight out of a post-apocalyptic screenplay and I somehow was cast as the actress… alongside the entire world. Anyone else feeling it?

The past week, the human part of me very much wanted to give into fear, anxiety, stress, worry, and the like. What if we didn’t have enough food? What if one of my loved ones also came down with COVID-19? What if there wasn’t an end in sight? It seemed as if the ground under my feet was shifting and nothing was stable; everything was up for grabs.

But then, Jesus came…

I was praying about all of this one day when Jesus, so sweetly and gently, reminded me of the Bible verse in the Psalms: “Surely, I will wait for the Lord; who bends down to me and hears my cry, draws me up from the pit of destruction, out of the muddy clay, sets my feet upon a rock, steadies my steps(Psalm 40:1-2). The places He brings me are secure. They are steady. They are unmoving.

I was reminded of the promises and characteristics of the Lord whom I have said I will follow all the days of my life. Promises that He is the Creator of the world (John 1:3); that He is all powerful (Jeremiah 32:17, 27); that He is all knowing (1 John 3:20); that He is unchangeable (Numbers 23:19); that He is ever present (Psalm 139:1); that He is full of power (Romans 13:1); that He is the Prince of Peace and wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6); the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14); the Light of the World (John 8:12); the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8); our Life (John 11:25-26). He is God and a Good Father who protects, guards, and provides for His children.

My friend and I started to speak these truths over ourselves every morning and have decided to share them on our various social media feeds. We’re calling it #FloodYourFeed because with so much media consumption, it is so easy to get wrapped up in what the stress and anxiety and overwhelming nature of the world is trying to tell you. I believe the transformation and renewal of the mind (Romans 12:2) actually begins with our thinking, what we consume via our social media feeds, and what we surround ourselves with. It can be so easy to fall into despair, but Jesus gives us hope. I’m constantly reminded, especially as we approach Easter, that God is in control and Jesus has won. Death has been defeated. Even in the darkest night, there is a Light that will never be extinguished. Despair does not get to win. Darkness does not get to win.

Please know of my prayers for you, wherever you’re at in this world. Jesus sees you and is closer than you know.

 

man on the beach

I honestly feel like I’m in a movie right now.

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