Trusting in the Lord
By Chris Williams
Faith and Bible verses have been guiding me through the tough times I am facing. I therefore want to share my experiences with others to serve as an encouragement and thereby strengthen those who suffer any affliction.
I lost my brother in May 2020. As the family was grieving this loss, my wife, Anna, and I got sick with the coronavirus. As many people know by now, this virus affects people differently. We were sick for over two weeks.
When I recovered from COVID-19, I started experiencing many symptoms that I never had before. I also suffered from insomnia (difficulty sleeping). The cause of these symptoms was unknown to me and my doctor. Since much is not known about the virus, we thought the symptoms could be due to COVID-19.
During this crisis, my faith was challenged. Wavering in thought, I would at times think of other remedies instead of focusing and believing in the almighty God. In the midst of this, I gained strength and confidence from the following Bible verses (New Living Translation):
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:3).
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done” (Philippians 4:6).
With these verses in mind, I continue praying and trusting in the Lord. At certain times I could not get better as those symptoms intensified and caused me more stress and anxiety. I sought help from the church, as indicated in James 5:14:
“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.”
Pastors, brothers, and sisters continue to pray with me. I remain confident and know the Lord has not forgotten me. Build your hope on Psalm 27:10: Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.”
Brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, when you are faced with any problem, during the time of difficulties, when things around you are all cloudy and fuzzy, continue to have faith. Lean on Jesus, and continue to call on the almighty God. He is closer to you than you think. “The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).
The Lord is compassionate, but sometimes it seems that He is slow to act; let us wait for His time. As Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”
I am with the church in spirit and will join physically when the time is right. It is therapeutic for me at this time to stay home. I listen to the sermons weekly. My family participates in the prayer activities by way of ZOOM on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday prayer times.