To All The Essential Workers

I Know Some of You Are Having A Rough Time

To many the thought of being trapped with your family for days on end is a nightmare. Not to mention having an invisible monster lurking outside waiting to cause a painful death.

It is a time for many of us to look deep inside ourselves and figure out our true purpose. It is time to determine what legacy will we leave on this planet where we have no control.

Because we are not the ones with the final say, we may need to lighten up. My quarantine time has been filled with lots of humor. This reporter was about to do his story when a herd of bison came toward him.

The story is probably trending now. The next was the little old lady in Chi-town. She was angry at some woman from the grocery store and wanted to teach that woman a Chicago lesson.

I also enjoy the banter between Andrew Cuomo and his brother, Chris. While it is fun, I also find comfort in Andrew’s daily press conferences. It is good to hear an empathetic leader.

There have been online dance parties with dj’s like D-Nice who has had audiences as large at 150K on Instagram. Celebrity concerts from their living rooms and Wonderful bible studies.

But the most precious moments have come from ordinary citizens who are battling this war from one of the fronts.

My best giggle from today was when someone complained how long March seemed. Folks said that about January is what I said to my sister. She said March said “Hold my beer.”

Fighting an invisible foe which half the country does believe exist is difficult but we are united. We are working together and there is hope in that.

After the struggles 2019, which were real and painful, many couldn’t wait to put that year behind them. 2020 has kicked open the crapper and spread its contents like it was paint on the walls.

So I do believe the moral to the story is to enjoy what we got while we got it because only God knows what lies ahead of us. But we can face any challenge together.

Peace and Hair grease

Women’s History Month

Acknowledging some of the great things women have done throughout history is a privilege and obligation. We tend to take their journeys for granted and tend to discount their struggles.

Lets think about some women who had incredible faith. It is through their faith they changed their lives. It is those moments when they were the most frightened that they made decisions that sent them toward their destiny.

Mary the mother of Jesus was a young girl when God approached her, but she did not shrink back. I am sure when the angel began telling her about carrying a baby and naming him Jesus she didn’t comphrehent all of what was being said.

And you know, I might have said yes at first, but when things started getting rough like people talking about my pregnancy or Joseph wanting to get rid of me, I would have said “hold up!”

I would have started negotiating before Jesus as born. Lord, I will give birth to him, but then someone else is going to take over, right? Cause I don’t think I am going to be able to do this.

Image created by James C Lewis

No, Mary the mother of Jesus was faithful. She believed that God would turn her hard spaces into something pleasant. She didn’t understand what God was doing, but she went with it.

She didn’t beat Jesus with a stick when he stayed at the temple instead of getting in the caravan and coming home like she told him. I am pretty sure she was hot when she send the other kids to get Jesus, and he said those other people were his family. But she showed him. She joined that group and followed him all the way to the cross.

Mary is a great example of how to trust God when you have no idea what you are doing. When an angel comes to talk to you about a child that is called wonderful, and other people show up at your space with gifts, you expect amazing things.

The Lord did not disappoint. Neither did Mary.

Standing up trying not to fall asleep

“If you chase a dog it will run,” Ms CJ said. She jumped into the conversation of the teenage boy behind me. He was almost in tears talking to his friend about how his girl broke up with him.

Ms CJ went on to say, “just be still.” She had butted into his conversation because she couldn’t resist. She knew he needed good sound advice at this time.

She went on to tell him that things happen for a reason and if he was still for a while, it would make sense later.

Once she said that we got off the bus because it was our stop.

This morning Pastor Tanya was telling me how people are always asking her to tell them the purpose God has for their life.

I can’t do that, she said. I tell them they need to meet with Him everyday. She said through that quiet time and scripture God will reveal His plan to you, but it is something you have to do yourself.

So all of you folks out there searching for a magic elixir, be still and know. It is through time spent in His word that you learn the shepherd’s voice. Like any relationship worth having, time spent in it is what makes it work. Listen.