I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. –Romans 1:11,12
Earlier this spring while working in my yard, I decided to tackle a large shrub that looked mostly dead. In fact, is was so dead that I was able to push on the branches and uproot half of it with minimal effort. What I noticed then was a portion of it that was still living, and I left it hoping it would grow now that the dead branches were gone. Several months later, it is still green and showing new growth. Had I only focused on how much was wrong with this shrub I might have missed just how much was right with it.
In the midst of pandemics and furloughs and rioting, it can be easy to miss all the good things God is doing in our world. That’s why we need to be intentional about sharing what God is doing in our own lives with others, so that we can be encouraged by each other’s faith. We need reminders that God is still on the only throne that matters, and is able and willing to provide, heal and conquer. Even if your church or small group is not yet meeting in person, use whatever resources available to continue testifying to each other about where and how you see God moving. The media will always focus on what is wrong with the world; their testimony is that the world is falling apart and self-destructing. Let our testimony be that regardless of how circumstances look, God always has a plan and will not fail to fulfill it because He is faithful.