Trusting in the Lord With All of Our Heart
We are now heading into our 4th week of social distancing and not being able to physically gather on Sunday mornings. I've missed greeting people at the welcome tent, enjoying a cup of our church coffee (I'm partial to the Columbian blend myself), fellowshipping before and after the service, and gathering together at church for worship. On Tuesday, March 31st during the provincial COVID-19 update, Adrian Dix communicated that there was "zero chance" of lifting the province's current health orders of self-isolation and physical distancing throughout the month of April. He said it was unlikely that the orders would ease up in May as well.
I don't know if you had the same reaction as me, but my mind started racing with the implications of continuing social distancing and self-isolation until the end of May — at the very minimum. As my mind was racing, I was immediately drawn to Philippians 4:6-7: "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I entered into a time of prayer and was filled with a sense of peace knowing that God is sovereign and in control and I can rest in the knowledge that He is at work despite the circumstances we find ourselves in during this season of life. I'm thankful that, as Psalm 18:2 declares, God is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer in whom we take refuge. I'm also thankful that although we can't physically gather, we are still able to connect and gather in an online context, especially on Sunday.
This past Sunday, we ran into some problems with our streaming platform. Church Online Platform shared that on March 29th there were a total of 20,258 church services streamed through their platform! Isn't that incredible. Despite the challenges we face on a global level, God is working in and through the church and the gospel is being proclaimed! Our plan moving forward is to continue using the streaming platform we have in place, but if we run into any tech problems in the future, by 9:30AM on Sunday morning, links will be replaced on our church website directing you to our Sunday morning online service through Youtube Live. After 10AM, the service will be accessible through our website and Vimeo.
I look forward to gathering together this coming Sunday for our online worship service! It's my hope and prayer that despite the incredibly challenging season of life we find ourselves in, that Proverbs 3:5-6 would be our reality: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." We are in this together South Delta Baptist Church, united in Christ.