An opportunity to learn

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Main Truth: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”‭‭ Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I use my phone for just about everything, I’m sure you can relate. My phone has a total of 47 apps that are used for so many areas of my life - from my social and work life to my finances and for creativity. Needless to say, my phone’s capacity is full and all these apps are draining my battery! I have to charge my phone at least 3 times a day. Sometimes, to free up space to load another app I want to try, I have to offload a couple current apps or delete them completely. I do this offload and load dance often.

The use of my phone can be a great example of what our life can be like. As a wife, mom of 3 active kids and a freelance photographer and designer, my life is full!  For years, my life has been running on max capacity. This life has brought me stress, anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed all the time. This busy routine is from the time I wake up early in the morning to the time I lay down to sleep late at night. 

Then years ago, God got my attention in the most subtle, yet direct way. The best way I can describe it is by this verse,  “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬.

After that revelation, I started my day with a new routine and new mindset.  Every morning, I had an opportunity to charge my mental, emotional and spiritual batteries with His power through His word instead of tapping into my own depleted power. Sometimes, I was so overrun, overworked and carrying a heavy burden, my battery needed to charge three to four times a day.  And just like my phone, I often needed to offload and completely stop activities, in order to add more to my schedule. My life is still full, however, like my phone, the fuller it is, the more I need to charge my battery.

In the same way, there are so many opportunities to reset and learn through this pandemic.  I firmly believe that God is using this pandemic we’re living through to be a way to save us from ourselves, like He did me those years ago. Don’t get me wrong, this pandemic is awful and is due to the fact that we live in a sinful, fallen world. But I know God will use it to cause good to come from it. 

Especially through COVID-19, God is asking us to come to Him with our worries, fears and burdens and seek rest. Like a phone on a fritz where it can run no longer and needs to be reset and restarted, this mandatory social distancing works the same for our mental, emotional and spiritual lives. The busy lives we built that pulled families away from each other for the sake of peak performance in everything we do are now being pushed back together. For so many families like my own where dinner was often eaten out of a to-go container in the car, it is now being enjoyed (even made) together.

I encourage you to use this pandemic as an opportunity to learn...learn to grow in your faith, learn to consider your past ways, learn the necessity of rest, learn to seek Him and charge your mental, emotional and spiritual batteries with His power.

“In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power to Him forever! Amen.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Post Written By: Sam DeLeon

Sam has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties.  Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field.  Sam’s mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs.  Sam is a California native, is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three school aged children.