Remember what it says in the Book of James? “Count it all joy…” (James 1:2).
Or what about Psalm 118:24? This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
My point is that, yes, his whole virus thing has been tragic, but have there been no silver linings? Has God not been at work? Has all the time we’ve been forced to “be still” been worthless? No, God has been at work in ways we would have never slowed down enough for had COVID-19 not been thrust upon us.
As a matter of fact, even if you have been personally affected by the virus, stop right now and thank God for his love, his mercy, and His grace. Thank Him! Praise Him! He is worthy!
One of the blessings that I received was the realization that I had a talent for painting. Now, I don’t claim to be a Michaelangelo or Bob Ross, but as of this point, a few people have actually given me money for my work, which not only shocked me but affirmed the gift God has given me.
And the art money pays for my watch hobby! No guilt!
But even more, I am finding that the things that I am drawn to paint resonate with others. In just the short time that I’ve been doing this, just a few months, I’ve heard so many comments like:
- “That reminds me of home.”
- “That will make her so happy.”
- “Do you sell your paintings?”
- “I would buy a print of that.”
- “The Lord has blessed you.”
Below are a few paintings I have done and will probably have prints made, soon. (UPDATE: Click HERE for prints)
So what do you think? Isn’t that a blessing? I had no idea I could do anything like this until God forced me to sit in a house for a while.
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 (NKJV)
Sometimes what God does is force us to be still, the result being His name is praised throughout all the earth!
Think about how many sermons have gone out through all the world in the last 6 months!
And now there are people like me who have found new ways to give God glory!
Yes, I’m blessed.