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Finding strength in another lockdown

Sarah Foster, 20/11/20

Sarah Foster, a student from Queens University Belfast, shares how her relationship with Jesus has been giving her strength during lockdown.

Finding strength in another lockdown

Let’s face it, this season is hard.

You could hear the groans across the country as the executive announced yet again another lockdown coming our way next week.

With the limitations of our daily freedoms that we have become so accustomed to, it’s no surprise that people are frustrated, fed–up and disappointed.

Nevertheless, it’s also a time where Christians are becoming more aware of their dependence on God like never before, bringing strength and peace that surpasses all understanding. 

For Sarah, despite the ongoing uncertainty and hardship that this season brings, God’s goodness is clear no matter what.

“God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” (I hope you said that last part with me, if not, then we need to have some words!) “God is good”. Three words that, perhaps with the exception of Romans 8:18, are the only words in the English language that I can say are firmly etched onto my brain.

“I’ve always found a greater emphasis on describing God as “good”, rather than “great”.  “Good” holds sincerity. “Great” can be hollow.

“While this may encourage debate, what I’m going to say next won’t: lockdown has been hard on us all.

“A challenge for me was having to move back to England; leaving behind some of my closest friends. I felt lonely; trapped in an attic room with my thoughts. Not a terribly nice place to be for five months.

“Anyone who knows me would tell you that I live with chronic pain. It is something that I never shy away from, and in over four years have learnt to embrace as a gift from God. Unsurprisingly, this, coupled with an ever–increasing feeling of loneliness took its toll, and I was left repeatedly crying to God “Please! Make this stop!”. We were never designed to face these challenges on our own.

“God has blessed me with being a part of a wonderful community of Christians. Courses led by CUI, CU meetings, not to mention the initiative of now dear friends to organise book clubs in the interim, were a true blessing. They encouraged me to keep listening to the whispers of God over the screams of the world.

“The Enjoying God series ran by the CUI used a metaphor of a man in the sea. He feels as though he’s drowning and is struggling to keep his head above the water. Little does he know, he only has to stretch his legs and he will find the solid ground that is our union with God.

“With”.

“As Christians we can have this amazing assurance that God is with us. He is our anchor. Our square one.  In demonstrating His love and truly amazing grace towards me through the encouragement of fellow Christians, He has reminded me of the joys of resting in Him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28

“Within the current uncertainty, the truth remains; God invites us to rest in Him. God is good. All the time.”