So, I simply want to share my COVID-19 story with you guys.
I do think that God reveals Himself in the simplest, most beautiful ways sometimes. The subtleness is often exactly what you need to be reminded how gentle, caring and PRESENT our God is.
This story has a lot to do about South Africa’s lockdown chapter during the Corona pandemic, but the principles stay the same no matter what’s going on around you: my God cares enough to make it known that He is ever-present.
So, here goes.
Setting the Stage
Exactly one month ago, on 27 March 2020, I was not at my best. It was the start of lockdown, but as an introvert myself this fact in itself did not upset me as much as it did many others. So what was bugging me?
There was this sense of foreboding which I admit I allowed to take hold of me. What would the future hold? As someone stated very aptly, there was a sense of grief for the fact that life as we knew it was changing. Was that what got to me? Perhaps.
Also, even though I’m blessed to work in an industry that could continue operating during the worldwide pandemic, we weren’t completely unaffected. Clients were a little harder to come by, rates had to be lowered to accommodate customers. So, of course, there was the question – the fear – of whether we would survive throughout the crisis.
All of this DID lead me down the path of feeling somewhat depressed. I did NOT have my usual reservoir of joy supporting my emotions or enabling me to help those around me. I really felt down in the dumps.
But God knew what I needed.
The Way Maker Journey
Introducing Way Maker
Now let me make this clear: I know the song, but it’s not that I’ve heard it countless times. I don’t sing it in church every Sunday, because I admit I don’t get to church every Sunday. I don’t listen to gospel radio stations all day, because I work from home where I listen to instrumentals to keep focus.
But into my brain that Friday morning popped the word ‘Way Maker’. I knew about the song, so I Googled it. (For those who don’t know the song: read the beautiful lyrics by Sinach here)
And I found Way Maker on YouTube.
And I put in my earphones.
And I pushed ‘Play’.
And every word soaked into my being. Every word sung about depression…about Him being the Light in my dark moments…about working miracles when our humanly ways will definitely not be enough.
So, in those 8 minutes, God gave me back my hope. The hope I’ve held onto ever since I was a teenager and I grabbed hold of a belief that He has a plan with me, our country and His people. And His plans are always ongoing, no matter what.
So, I breathed again, listened to those videos ALL day…and saw how He provided each day over the coming weeks. For example, work may have not been in abundance as I was used to, but He provided enough for EACH DAY! He NEVER let me down.
And I thought that was my lesson.
But God was not finished.
Way Maker Across the World
So, you all have seen posts and videos from across the globe about how humanity has decided to stand together during this very trying time. Many people say that humanity is corrupted at our core, but in one of the most trying times in human history:
- It’s GOODNESS that is coming to the fore.
- People SACRIFICE so much to help one another.
- Communities are driven to SUPPORT each other.
Tough times bring out our TRUE selves, right?…and the world has proven that that which God has made us to be – people who live His values – is STILL at the centre of our beings.
But, back to Way Maker.
Have you taken note of some of the details of the positive stories people are sharing? Did you notice how many of them mention people singing ‘Way Maker’ to each other and frontline workers? This was happening in:
Was God simply trying to show ME that He is in control, or is this His beautiful golden thread making a path across the globe?
And STILL my God wasn’t done with showing me His beautiful hand at work.
Way Maker in Port Elizabeth (my home town)
So, as a country, South Africa has gotten through most of the lockdown period, but of course there is still a long time of challenges ahead. We have to rebuild our economy, small businesses are suffering and many people lost their jobs.
I look around me and have to force myself not to be overcome with sadness and worry for some of my friends’ current predicaments.
And then God sends me this.
I see it in my Facebook feed. I live in PE, so of course I watch it. It’s good news: a COVID patient is released!!!
But listen closely.
What song is playing in the background at the beginning of the video (try to listen in between the voices)?
Yes. The song that has become my anthem…the world’s anthem?
God Makes a Way – Always
I can’t but see His beautiful golden thread that has been traveling with me SINCE DAY 1. And it’s only a confirmation of what He has done for me my whole life.
He is ALWAYS present.
He is ALWAYS helping.
I know all of you may not feel, hear or see it at the moment; but I pray that one day you will look back and the picture will become clear for you.
For now, this is my COVID-19 miracle.
I pray for each one of you out there that needs your own type of miracle.
I know my Way Maker is ready and able to show you the way. And please share your own lockdown stories so we can encourage each other.
Blessings to all of you.