When I was a very new Christian, and still had bits of the wrapping on, I learned a song that has come back to me quite strongly today. It goes like this (Please imagine me singing) “Ah Lord God, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power; ah Lord God Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thine outstretched arm. nothing is too difficult for Thee, nothing is too difficult for Thee, O great and mighty God; great in counsel and mighty in deed, nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing is too difficult for Thee.” (It’s on YouTube if you want a listen, although it does sound a bit dated…).
A simple enough ditty, written as it happens in 1976 by a lady called Kay Chance, but a ditty filled with Truth and encouragement for us when we might be in need of a reminder. We are now in week four of lockdown, with at least another three weeks to go. The famous saying is that “a week is a long time in politics”and for many of us four weeks seems like an eternity, especially if we have been furloughed, or are being shielded; if we have lost our job or a loved one; or simply if we are at home with the kids and running out of ways to keep them occupied. It probably feels a bit like an extended caravan holiday with everyone cooped up and pressure building towards an explosion. And sadly we are getting reports of an increase in domestic violence around the country.
You may have other things you want to add into the mix – and if, or when, you do, why not turn to this song or another one that lifts your spirits and reminds you that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4v4) and that nothing is impossible for Him. Just this morning, the focus in Lectio 365 was on something very similar – quoting Corrie Ten Boom, they said, “Nothing is too great for God’s power, and nothing is too small for His love.” Remember she said that out of her experiences in concentration camps and seeing her sister executed by the Nazis. Her faith grew under the pressure and testing she faced, and so can ours if we take our worries and concerns and turn them into prayer, reminding ourselves of God’s power and love which are greater than anything else in the whole of creation, something we have just celebrated at Easter.
So take heart. Look to the One Who created the heavens and the earth. Remember that nothing in your life is too difficult, or too big, or even too small, for Him. And remember that nothing, “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8vv37-39).