by Jenn Eickman
Today, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items. I watched as people timidly waited for others to pass by so they could quickly sneak up the same aisle, keeping their 6 feet of social distance of course. There were people wearing gloves and masks...but I'll tell you what. Every single person I walked by smiled and said hello, if I didn't beat them to the punch. I can't remember the last time I went grocery shopping and made eye contact, let alone spoke to a fellow shopper.
I then ran into a young adult near the produce section that I hadn't seen for awhile. Typically we rush to give each other hugs. It was odd to force it back and I had a tinge in my heart when I said, "we should probably remember the 6 feet rule." Gosh, it was so hard to not hug her hello or give her a BIG hug after she shared with me that she was really struggling. And to be completely honest, I could totally relate. It's been a couple tough days.
For those of you who have met both Paige and I in person, you know we are fairly upbeat and often times have bubbly personalities. But this stuff is heavy, y'all. Yesterday was a really hard day for me. I think reality finally hit. I felt a bit defeated.
I'm so thankful for Paige's video devotion yesterday! After reading John 16:33, Paige said, "We know that no matter what we're going through right now God has already won!"
What comfort we can take in that thought! I might have felt defeated yesterday, but He has already conquered tomorrow!!
I think we all know that we'll have good days and bad in the coming weeks and month(s). And on those bad days we need to remember what Scripture repeatedly tells us and shows us...that He will not leave us nor forsake us!
"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” - Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)
John 16:33 (ESV)
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”