91 for 91 & Hope In God's Plan
Here are some pictures from back in January when I visited my BFF in the Big Apple. :D
Hello everyone! There's so much going on in the world right now and so much fear and worry going around, and it's so easy to get caught up in it, so I thought I would make a blog post about how to have the right perspective on all of this. (Plus, this is my faith post for March ;)) This is no way means that I'm never worried about the virus or the world, and I'm really lecturing myself here too, lol.
A few weeks ago I came across this post on Instagram titled '91 for 91' and was intrigued, and it turns out there's this campaign of sorts going on where for 91 days you pray Psalm 91 for all those affected by COVID-19. The post was by an account called Young Life Africa, and I did some more research that said that during the Ebola outbreak, they prayed Psalm 91 everyday for 91 days and during the week of the 91st day, the city at the center of the epidemic was healed. How beautiful. So since then I have been praying Psalm 91 everyday and through this, God has been teaching me how amazing this verse truly is! Read it with me here...
The Instagram post about it: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9oxwFVBDry/?igshid=7i35og8gnb4t
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Holy. Crap. Am I right? There are so many verses and parts of the Bible out there that say not to fear and not to worry, blah blah blah... but this one! It's almost like God knew this was coming or something! (catch the sarcasm there, lol) He knew we would face hardships, hardships worse than tests in school or not making the team, hardships that affect the entire world.
But He's always had a plan. Always.
So when we're out here worrying and stocking up on food we all know we're never going to eat, no matter how bad things get, He's like, "C'mon! Y'all haven't realized yet? I know you've read my Bible but you still didn't catch that one part about me not being surprised about all of this? Like I've overcome the world but y'all still don't trust me to provide for you?" (yes, God has a southern accent, yes)
John 16:33 says, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God knew we would have trouble, He designed it so. He knew that through the trouble we could find peace in Him, because He works all things for good. He works all things for good so if we look for the good, we'll find it. Something good about this is that through these struggles He's bringing more people under His wings of love and trust (verse 4). As aggravatingly simple as it is, He has overcome the world and He has a plan, and all we need to do is trust in that plan.
Also, that's a pretty big concept, so something simple you can do everyday to appreciate where you are now is to take time and acknowledge the things God has given you today, and recognize that He always gives you enough to rejoice in Him.
I also invite you to pray Psalm 91 with me everyday that you can, and know that God will deliver you and bring you peace when you put your trust in Him.