Saturday morning after expressing her concern that I was manifesting symptoms of the Corona virus, my wife asked me to get a Covid-19 test. It surprised me when the results returned positive. The thought of being in quarantine with a full week ahead was annoying. My first thought wasn’t that I had the virus it was my schedule. I went to God in prayer in our family room about it.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the prayers of faith and encouraging messages that are bringing a special measure of grace to me. Some have actually brought tears to my eyes. I am grateful for you. I am grateful for the vaccinations and booster shot. I am grateful that my experience is not as terrible as others who have been ill. I have preached so many funerals of those affected by this virus; I can not take for granted the mildness of my symptoms. I am eternally grateful.
Admit. In prayer I admitted to the Lord my frustration about the virus, the positive test results, becoming a risk to others, and I was really looking forward to preaching His Word Sunday morning.
Submit. I submitted my feelings to the Lord. Inside there was emotional and spiritual strength arising in worshipful prayer. We all need the Holy Spirit’s help in prayer. “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” (Romans 8:26–27, NLT)
Commit. Leave whatever it is that you admit and submit to the Lord. I committed the health of my family to Him, our church family, and all of my appointments that had to be postponed to God. Committing something to the Lord means you trust Him to know what to do in every facet of your life. He knows better than you and me. Nothing comes our way that God does not allow. Nothing comes our way that God does not give us the resources to persevere and prevail with. God is good.
Remember these three words. Admit. Submit. Commit.