Jesus, are you there?
I’ve asked this question more times than I’d like to admit.
Sometimes loneliness consumes us in ways we are honestly too afraid to admit. To think our world has a population of nearly 8 billion people, yet life can sometimes feel like an isolated path, an ongoing moment of silence where no one hears our internal screams for help.
2020 was one of those seasons for so many of us. The world shut down as we panicked and struggled to figure out how to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. This virus infected us all; even if we didn’t get it, we all experienced its effects. We witnessed the world crumble before our eyes and fall to its knees, and as much as we all wanted life to “go back to normal,” this pivotal moment in time was an opportunity to pause and pay attention to what God was revealing to us before we got back up.
I entered 2020 with deep hope and excitement as I decided to quit my 9-5 job and invest in my own marketing business. A decision I had been praying and pondering over for months before taking the leap. This one decision connected me to amazing, purpose-driven clients and opportunities I could have only dreamed of months prior. One of those clients was Becky Eldredge. Becky was getting ready to launch her second book, The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God, and I was hired to create a book launch plan for its release. From our first Zoom call, it was evident that this project was so much more than a job. It was a God-given opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Little did I know I would learn what it meant to be an accompanier and a witness to God working in the lives of others while simultaneously working in mine.
Within a few months of working with Becky and her team, news of Covid-19 began to spread, and everything began to change. We went from full schedules and planning in-person events to locked rooms for quarantines, canceled plans, and a million new rules to learn. Life felt different from what it had ever been before, but one thing we knew for sure was that people still needed community, people still needed the promises of God, and people still needed Jesus.
With all this in mind, I worked with Becky and her team again to create a virtual international community experience through their “Overwhelmed No More retreat”. In a time when loneliness, fear, and uncertainty became our new normal, we were able to breathe new life and old truths into a community of people who needed the reminder that Jesus was still there in the midst of it all.
Jesus, are you there?
Yes, I asked that question more times than I’d like to admit, but my own journey revealed the answer to me in the clearest way possible. As I jumped on the plane to London, England, at a moment’s notice in the middle of our global pandemic when I found out my Grandma was in the hospital. With over 4,000 miles to travel from Atlanta, Georgia, with no idea if I’d make it in time to say goodbye. Reaching the hospital and holding her smooth, warm hand, I thanked her for being a courageous woman who trailblazed an unforgettable path for me and our family to walk down. I look back at that time and wonder how on earth did I make it through? And that’s when it came to me, I made it through because Jesus was there.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
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