For years, I have kept a calendar of events and each January look forward to selecting a new one for the new year. But now, my calendar is collecting dust. Last week, I laid it aside. It’s not needed. As I started crossing out all of the appointments and scheduled events, the realization hit me that 2020 was going to look very, very different from what I had imagined. Different from what I had planned. 

I became a Christian at 14, but did not truly fall in love with God’s Word until adulthood. And even then, it was difficult to carve out dedicated time to study and absorb scripture. For many years I imagine my Bible collected some dust. As my faith walk developed, I prayed to have a hunger for His Word. I prayed for the ability to memorize His Word. God answered those prayers. Though forever a student, I am happy to report that I am eager pick up my Bible and spend time with my Jesus. I have also been able to hide His Word in my heart and memorize certain scriptures and pray them back to God. Combining prayer and scripture is powerful. And a privilege. And a comfort. 

And we need comfort right now in a big way. God has been sending me a clear message these last few days. My devotional book, which has a writing for each day of the year, has landed on these prevailing themes: 

Trust Me in everything. 

I am here. Fear not. 

All is well. 

Courage. 

I’ve needed to hear these words, needed this assurance. Beyond grateful is what I feel right now. Grateful that as a young teenager I surrendered my life to Jesus and have never walked alone. Grateful that God gave me a Christian husband and helped us raise our children up to know Him as their Lord and Savior. Grateful for the hope of Heaven that awaits us. 

During these uncertain times, I live with certainty in my God. Certainty that I can trust Him in everything. Certainty that He is near and I don’t have to be afraid. Certainty that all is well and my courage and hope are found in Him. 

My calendar collects dust these days, but my Bible does not. As I set one down and pick up the other, I am reminded…

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7

“He says, “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

As fear fights to rule faith, empty calendar pages loom before us and we gather in front of TVs and computers to connect with our neighbors, let us remember that God is still on His throne. The sun still rises and sets at His command. He holds us in His nail-scarred hands. He loves us like crazy. And indeed, all is well.