Hope for when life comes to a halt

What do we do when life comes to a halt?

When emptiness grows 

And activities are slowed

When work is on hold

And the doors are closed

When the TV blares

and the data scares

When concerns creep 

and worries wrinkle deep —

What do we do?

What do we do when life comes to a halt?


1. We remember that life has not come to a halt. Not really. Our hearts are still beating. Our lungs fill with air, then empty, then fill up again. We are still here, still here with the ones we love. Each breath, each beat of the heart, is a gift. We breathe a prayer — thank you, Father, for life.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. — James 1:17


2. We remember that, amid the chaos and constant live updates, things aren’t changing as much as we think. The real-est, truest things will always be the same. Love. Faith. Family. Jesus. And unless He comes back tonight, the sun will, Lord-willing, rise in the east tomorrow, just like every other day since God hung it in the sky, and our little planet, too, like Christmas ornaments, and scattered lights around it. Look up—those stars are still there, glittering reminders that God is over everything.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. — Hebrews 13:8


3. We ask God to open our eyes — to help us see past the headlines, and to Him.  To His glorious throne. (Revelation 4 – wow!) To His awesome power, his sovereignty. To our heavenly hope. Sometimes ease blinds us. When man’s plans are thwarted and we remember that we’re not in control, may God help us see and long for Him.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. — Proverbs 19:1

I counsel you to buy… salve for your eyes, that you may see. — Revelation 3:18


4. We keep living like God’s holy, chosen people. We serve our neighbors. We help where we can. We keep loving our spouses and children as God would have us to. We worship — in the pew if possible, but even if the doors shut, Satan can’t shut out our worship, because the place worship happens is in our hearts (see John 4:19-26). Like any other day, we sing praises while we drive or wash or cook, we pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), we read God’s holy words, Creator-breathed beauty and truth, and we keep saying “thank you” for His host of blessings.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. — 1 Peter 2:9

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18


When life comes to a halt,  what do we do?

We breathe.

We live.

We love.

We thank God.

We worship.

And we remember this:

Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. — Psalm 46:10



Header photo by Alexandru Tudorache via Unsplash

Bottom photo by NASA via Unsplash

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