The world feels different now, doesn’t it? We hear the words ‘unprecedented’, ‘pandemic’ and ‘crisis’ as if they were normal.
We are constantly confronted with developing facts. Reality has changed – a few months ago we could gather and celebrate together, today we have to self-isolate and stay at home. But in all this instability, truth doesn’t change. In Isaiah 41:10, God said “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God is constant and present with us in this challenging situation and season. 

We are in crisis - both globally, and perhaps, personally. With God, we can face up to crisis - and look with certain hope to the future. Firstly, we recognise the reality of the situation. For many people this is a season of grief and loss. Enforced solitude can be a gift of peace or a void of loneliness. The lines between home, work, school and family have been blurred. The comfort of routine is disrupted and everyone’s experiences are different and bring their own challenges.

Moving forward, we seek a new way to create a different and better future. Perhaps we might find moments of stillness in which we can dream and create, to stop and be present. In the midst of chaos there is a sense of global togetherness, our need for community and connection greater than ever before. Although there are quiet streets, there are hands clapping in gratitude, there is the beauty of birdsong. I know it is unsettling but let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and focus on these beautiful shafts of Godly light.

Rachael Orrell
CEO of Saltmine