As much as I miss gathering together with my church family week after week in the physical building, as much as I miss being with my middle school students on Sunday mornings, as much as I wish this whole quarantine/ COVID-19 business wasn’t going on… this is reality. This is our current situation and if I’m being honest, I’m okay with it because I know who is in control.
I refuse to allow COVID-19 and quarantine to stop me from deepening my relationship with Jesus, worshipping, and ministering to my students and those around me. The truth of it all is that the church is not a building, the church is the body of believers, the bride of Father. While yes, I have felt some feelings of missing the building and worshipping in person with the band and my people, that is not what is driving me to worship and praise the Father. What drives me to lift my hands and worship the Father is my love and delight in who He is.
I have noticed a wide variety of different takes, perspectives, and actions in regard to not being able to meet in the physical building of the church. Whatever your opinions may be, I have noticed that being in a building or not has had little effect on how I am worshipping. And it shouldn’t, right? Worship, praising, and singing aloud to the Father is not confined to the walls of a building. I can’t help, but lift my hands in honor of the one who gave up His life for me. I can’t help, but at times fall to my knees and give thanks to the one who loved me when I was at my worst.
To keep this short and sweet, I just want to encourage you to continue to press into the Father. Press into His goodness. Press into His steadfast love. As Christians, the world is looking to us to see how we handle this season of life. Be bold in your faith. Worship with praise and music. Read the word and share how God has been faithful to you in the past and now in the present. Take great delight in the one who laid his life down for you. Take great delight in the love and joy of the Father.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore