ISO …I need your help!
Posted on May 11, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
It has been about two months now of doing nothing normal, staying at home, and feeling disconnected. In so many ways it has been the longest two months of my life. In my lifetime I have never lived this type of event until I googled worldwide pandemic and found this…
This was taken from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an article I found on google today.
“The 1968 pandemic was caused by an influenza A (H3N2) virus comprised of two genes from an avian influenza A virus, including a new H3 hemagglutinin, but also contained the N2 neuraminidase from the 1957 H2N2 virus. It was first noted in the United States in September 1968. The estimated number of deaths was one million worldwide and about one hundred- thousand in the United States. Most excess deaths were in people sixty-five years and older. The H3N2 virus continues to circulate worldwide as a seasonal influenza A virus.”
I was a very young girl and not in school yet, so I don’t remember this even happening. I also don’t remember hearing about this as I grew up. After seeing this article, it made me realize that this type of “thing” has happened before, and more than I realized after reading one after another pandemic.
Last night, I found myself overwhelmed in a bad way after reading so many negative comments on Facebook. I found myself overwhelmed with hopelessness, despair, and no future in sight. I could not shake the feeling, and the tears welled up in my eyes for the rest of the night. I had to try and figure out something to do, so I picked up a couple of devotions to read. The first one was just ok as devotions go, and then the second one reminded me that I don’t need to worry about food and drink, or what I will wear. It was a reminder that the Lord will take care of my daily needs.
When I sat back and thought about this …Yes, I have food, water, and clothing for me and my family, and we are not doing without! But something is still missing….I find myself ISO something more. I was so empty that today when I awoke, I could again not shake this feeling. I even thought about taking a mental health day so that I could regroup somehow.
Instead, I baked an applesauce cake for my co-workers and started off to work. When I arrived there were all the greetings from everyone of good morning and how are you. I must confess my answer was just “ok” and one co-worker questioned me on the way I answered….and the tears began to come once again.
Just as the tears came, someone else happened to come around the corner and shared a story. He went on to tell me that three people from our church went to an older member’s home and cleaned it for him. They have a cleaning business, and since his wife passed, he has not done anything around the house. Bingo…this got my wheels turning. The thought came to mind that I need to do for others!
So now my search is on…. what can I be doing? I need to be busy, and I need to keep my hands and mind busy with things other than my own housework. So, I need your help! I am ISO ideas and practical tips as to what I/we can do for others. I understand going in someone’s home might not be the best idea, depending where you live and what the virus is like in your area, but there must be something we can do.
The bible clearly talks about serving others, doing for others, and being doers and not hearers only of the word.
James 1:22 a
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only…
So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…
1 Peter 4:10 a
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another…
So, I need your help in trying to come up with ideas of how I/we can serve each other. I want to do something, but my mind is blank as to where to start. You can serve others by helping me with some practical ideas. Post a comment below and share some of your ideas with me.
As believers we should be serving others as Christ came to serve us. We should not be fearful of the unknown but we should be stepping out in faith knowing that God is calling us for a plan and a purpose. Investing in a life however we do it is never a waste of time nor should it be a chore. We should be honored that God wants to use us. Our talents might see small and that it would not matter to some….but when you share what you have been given in HIS name, you will be blessed!!
Written by Lynn Wilson: Lynn is a full time working mom and wife. She lives and works at America’s Keswick for over 20 years with her family. Lynn and her husband have served as a team in ministry and have a heart to see the Lord’s people rise up and serve in their local church, In addition….Lynn is a speaker for women’s events and conferences.
Think About This: “I must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” ―
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [i]mammon.” –Matthew 6:24
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.