Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.
(Philippians 1:12 NIV)
God has always known the full story.
In January, I challenged myself to read the full Bible, cover to cover, book to book, over the course of the year for the first time in my life.
Trust me, it hasn’t been easy to be consistent! A few short weeks later, I started a new job. My day-to-day life drastically changed, becoming busier than ever, and I’ve rarely had time for myself.
But little did I know, just as my world had changed, the rest of the world would soon change. The coronavirus outbreak arrived. A storm that no one anticipated. Many plans have been cancelled. Fear and worry emerged. Sickness. Unemployment. An unknown future for many, and for others, perhaps just an inconvenience that they’re waiting to be over.
Either way, for the first time — in my limited perspective — I have seen the world stop.
Or, at least, being forced to do so.
Now, there’s something that has struck me in the past months of reading through the Bible that I can’t ignore.