As I reflect on this year, I realise it was only a few months ago, on 31st December 2019, when my husband Wayne Whyte and I saw in the New Year at the NTA Tooting in London, England, with Bishop Delroy Powell and family. As we celebrated and shouted the New Year in, there were many promises for 1st January 2020 and beyond. Times of laughter, joy, hopes and anticipation of many unfulfilled dreams.
Assistant Pastor Wayne Whyte, my husband, was inspired to share a word about our journeys through TRANSITIONS as a New Year message. Little did we know that word would be instructive on how to transition in uncertain times to faith. Suddenly, out of nowhere, everything that could have been shaken had been shaken. We realised the world was about to go through a major transition with COVID-19. People lost their jobs, stock markets crashed, and economies came to a standstill. In retrospect, beliefs, habits, mindsets, dependencies and trust in all things comfortable had been shaken. What was normal was no longer normal.
Worldwide, we are facing yet another major CRISIS. We are faced with global social unrest around historical injustices and systemic racism. Protestors, collectively, have pledged to march up to 200 days in the Black Lives Matter movement.
When I saw the video of George Floyd, I was in disbelief. I had an array of emotions: sadness, madness, frustration, disappointment and near depression. I found myself in a state that I could not shake. I reached out to my mentor, Dr Bob Pavlik, a loving retired Community Development Specialist and Professor from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Combined with the encouragement from my mentor, my husband and prayer, I was able to get back on track and in my purpose, teaching people so that they can transition out of their places of despair.
What I want you to know is that I understand if you may have experienced a range of emotions – from hurt, disgust, frustration, sadness, hopelessness and helplessness. I would say you are normal. I even understand it if you have felt anger. The word tells us in Ephesians 4:26 – ‘Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath’ (KJV).
If you are my brother and sister, who are not in the Brown and Black community, you may be looking for words to find comfort in these uncertain times. Many people are looking for how to interact across ethnic lines with empathy. My answer is to simply listen to understand. The late Stephen Covey, an American author of the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, said to “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” White privilege in America seems to have been the leading edge of insensitivity to what happens systemically. I write with frustration from an American perspective, but I see a similar sentiment of Black people in communities of colour in our global community.
You may be at the point of wondering, Where is God in ALL OF THIS!? As children of God, we must remember that God has an expected end for us in these times of uncertainties. While we walk on this earth, we must always remember this is a temporal journey, in preparation for our eternal home. We can’t lose sight of the end goal. Our fight is a fight of faith in these uncertain times.
I want to share a few more thoughts for you to remember, as we sojourn on this earth.
First, we must do as Micah 6 commands us: to act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 KJV).
Second, we must be the expressed image of love. As the body of Christ, we are reminded of two of the greatest commandments as mentioned in Mark 12:30-31 (KJV), namely “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Third, I encourage maturity in faith. The Book of Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian, both in faith and in practice, regardless of any particular problem in the community. In Ephesians 4:7-16, Paul encouraged the church at Ephesus to grow in maturity into the fullness of Christ. The text shows us in verses 12 and 13 (Amplified Version) that he wants to equip and edify the church for the work of the ministry: “His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and the comprehension of the [[b]full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.” Just as the church of Ephesus, today we must remember that God wants to mature us in the faith daily.
Fourth, I encourage you to remember that God is calling us higher to the place of intercession and prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We must remember to do the following: humble ourselves, pray, seek, and turn from anything that takes us away from God.
Fifth, I encourage you to not faint amidst affliction. I encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 4:8-18. The Book of Corinthians provides doctrinal instruction for Christian behaviour. We must remember verses 16 to 18 (KJV):
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Finally, we must remember that we have heavenly support that encourages us to move forward in this fight while we are yet here on earth. Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV) states: “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
No matter the uncertainty – uncertain economies, discord, uprising and fear – the body of Christ must always remember to walk by faith, not by sight. As the author of The Bridge, I must give you a transformational word of encouragement to transition in these uncertain times.
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