In Acts 27, there was a voyage that encountered various types of winds. The story reminds me of the year 2020 so far.
Vs 1 And when it was determined that we should sail…
Vs 2 …We launched
Vs 4…the winds were contrary
Vs 14…A tempestuous head wind
Vs 15…So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive (driving winds)
Vs 41…but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves (winds of destruction)
Everything continues in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it.
The year 2020 started off with the hope of 2020 vision. There was tremendous enthusiasm over snippets of vision. The forecast looked like it would be clear sailing on smooth waters in ministry.
IT WAS DETERMINED
From the beginning of 2020, there was a determination in our hearts concerning focus on a mandate God had put in our hearts. There were snippets of vision from church leaders concerning direction, giftings, anointings, an oasis, healing waters, blessings and holding on to that which is good.
We moved forward with enthusiasm, vision and focus. We launched as God’s spirit would move during our worship services. We launched in ministry with one another. We launched in unity.
WE ENCOUNTERED THE WIND
Out of seemingly nowhere, came a wind of virus that would alter the course of our trajectory. It came without warning and it came suddenly. Our attention was suddenly changed from current vision. In a matter of hours, it was all hands-on deck, in the midst of a storm.
We faced winds that would fight against vision and purpose. Winds that would hinder and oppose us. Winds that would take us off course for a season.
TEMPESTUOUS HEAD WINDS
Winds of virus would change everything we do and everywhere we go. The tempestuous winds would affect everybody’s life. These winds of virus would change our travels, fellowship, work, finances and mind set.
The winds of virus would keep us from going where we want to go and doing what we were used to doing. Driving winds would push us apart, making it difficult to stay on course. Bringing discouragement and fear to the hearts of many.
WINDS OF DESTRUCTION
Winds of virus would impact the lives of many. Many close to us have encountered the winds of destruction in their physical bodies. Encounters that have led them to hospitals, quarantine, & sheltered at home. Jobless rates would soar. Only time will reveal the magnitude of financial destruction that will impact the lives of millions as a result of a virus. Multitudes across the world have succumb to the winds of destruction.
44 … And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
God does not always get us out of the storm.
But He is always faithful at getting us through the storm.
It is unclear what tomorrow holds. Tomorrow is a mystery. Soon we will see what each state does to attempt to sail out of the storm that has impacted every life. Their actions will determine the next steps and impact of the storm.
But I Do Have Good News I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW
God has a purpose. God has blessed us with great vision. We may be off course for a season. In time, that will change. We will emerge stronger, wiser, closer to one another and nearer to the heart of God.
I want to encourage you to hold on. Do not let your hearts be troubled. God has this. We must pray our way through this. We must keep our eyes on the master and not the waves of the storm. I have learned from life’s experience, if God gets us to things, He also gets us through things.
Psalm 121:2-4 2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; 4indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 46:1 1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2020 vision has been delayed, not denied