by Virginia Gonzales
“I love how unpredictable life can be:” That was a statement I would often make in sincerity. Now that the most unpredictable situation actually happened, I can say I feel the same. It’s not that I’m okay with the events of late. It’s that I am glad for the jolt. A jolt is that moment when you dodge the proverbial bullet. You hit the brakes just in time as you drive away swallowing your heart and checking your underwear. Once the shock has worn off there is a sense of gratefulness and peace. That’s what a jolt is.
I’ve never been struck by lightning but I know that a jolt of lighting is a significant event that causes you to stops in your tracks and in some cases can kill you. This is that point in the history where every person on the planet is engaged on a polarized global platform and we have all “stopped in our tracks” at some level during this unprecedented time in history. All different regions, countries, nations, neighborhoods, families, churches and friends have been affected by a virus known as the China Virus, Wujan Virus, Corona Virus or if you prefer COVID-19. Some are at peace and trusting in the Sovereignty of God during this time and others fearing for their lives as they wait at home for the government to tell them that it is okay to start living. The jolt has affected everyone differently.
For me, it has strengthened my faith. I read the Word in a way that ministers to me even more deeply than before. God’s promises and truth resound in my soul from memory. I am reminded that “…He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) In this difficulty, God is maturing my faith and my calling.
Life will always be a God ordained adventure. I marvel at how exciting it is to live a life in Christ: under the shadow of His wings. I am so blessed to say I’ve done in my lifetime many things: I’ve been a prison guard, administrative assistant, dental assistant, optometrists assistant, Realtor, teacher, property manager and comedian as well as few others. Recognizing the richness of life that I have been given is my second jolt. Life changing. I have an attitude of gratitude and the desire not to waste a moment of the beautiful life I have been given on this side of heaven and beyond.
Whatever that this jolt had done for you or whatever life change is store for you make I sure hope that you include a relationship with your Savior Jesus. I know that each morning I wake up on this side of heaven, I am being given the opportunity to live this beautiful life enjoying all that He has made: no fear…only thankfulness, reverence and awe, do I feel. I pray that no matter what happens that many would come to know the Lord Jesus through this awful mess we’re in and that it ends soon according to God’s will. I am blessed to be the redeemed daughter of the King. To live is Christ to die is gain.
God bless you all and I pray that “…He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)