I had a conversation a few days ago with a colleague about what was happening to comics right now, and where the industry might be when things eventually return to normal. This individual had a very deep fear that their career was over, a feeling that I’m sure is being felt across much of the comic book industry. Ours isn’t the only industry worried about what will be left after this crisis. I tried to reassure this person that they had nothing to worry about, but the simple truth is none of us know when this will end, or how it will ultimately affect us. I can tell you that this conversation opened a door to us having a very long conversation about God. And as we talked, I kept praying for God to give me the right words, for God to use me to open the heart of this individual to His truth.
Now, more than ever we need to trust in our Heavenly Father. It’s so easy to be ruled by our fear right now; fear of losing your job, your status within an industry, your way of life. But, and this is something many people find difficult to accept, ALL of that is a gift from God. “No.” you say “I work my butt off, not God, me.” But the truth is, none of us get to write our genetic code, or pick and choose what gifts or talents we are going to be born with. And yes, you may be an amazing artist, musician, writer, teacher, lawyer…and I don’t discount that you have worked hard to get where you are in your industry, but what you may not have seen are the many, many doors God opened for you along the way. And, it is in times like these, that we see just how little control we really have over our own lives. Don’t let your pride (because that’s what your need to be independent from God is) prevent you from seeing and accepting all the gifts that God is offering you. Don’t let your pride prevent you from accepting the ultimate gift…God’s love, and His hand and care over your life.
I believe that God expects us to work hard. I also believe that he wants, and gives us every opportunity to use His gifts to their fullest. But ultimately, I have found that only when these things go hand in hand with thanking God, and trusting in God, am I able to accept the blessings of peace, and joy, and the ability to use my gifts to their fullest potential. I have been reading the prophet Ezekiel this week and there is one phrase that keeps getting repeated over and over again. “They will know that I am the Lord…the Sovereign Lord.” I think I copied it down four times in one chapter alone. God is SOVEREIGN. God is THE LORD. And He’s got this.
Today I continue to give thanks for my blessings, and as this virus continues to spread through the world, I pray for each of you, that God watches over you and keeps you and your families in health and safety. I pray for our doctors and nurses, and those who are working in groceries stores, and other essential services so that, even while we are social distancing, we can live our lives.
Give thanks for your blessings today, and trust that God has a plan for each and every one of us. Trust that even if a door closes as a result of this virus, you just never know what bigger, and better thing your Heavenly Father has in store.