Out of Hiding

It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote anything, pretty much three actually. I guess I’ve been a bit stressed and overwhelmed in some ways. It’s weird because on one hand there have been lots of positives happening and I’m not worried about the pandemic (as awful as it is). Something has shifted a bit though in the last few weeks and I’m aware that I’m more anxious than usual. Anyway, I’m working through it so I’ll not dwell on it except to say that it’s probably why I’ve not been writing – I think sometimes I clam up when I get overwhelmed. On the other hand sometimes I need to write when I feel that way. I’m a bit of an enigma – even to me. 😝

On a positive note – a couple of weeks ago my daughter returned early from the States. I’m so glad she’s home! She was in two minds about coming back but her flat mates were leaving and her school had gone online so when they advised UK citizens to return home she decided to come back. She made her decision on the Sunday evening (which was Monday morning here) and asked me to book her a flight on the Tuesday and she was home by Wednesday evening. I’m really enjoying having both my kids at home again – even if it’s only for a little while.

I’ve finished the first term of the night class I’ve been doing through the church. The last few weeks have been completed over Zoom and Facebook live due to social distancing but it’s worked out pretty well. I had to write a book reflection to hand in for the end of the term too. I may post that at some point. It has been really helpful in getting me to adjust my mindset recently, although there’s obviously still some work to do on that.

Over the last few weeks I’ve also been doing the Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast organised by Igniting Hope Ministries. I’ve found that really useful too and I have definitely made progress in my thinking through it. I know that might sound like a contradiction because I said at the start of this post that I’ve been anxious, but the negativity fast is not about denying the reality of how you’re feeling or doing it’s more about understanding and believing that there is also a superior reality which is what God says about you. More about that in another post perhaps?

Since I’ve not been able to do classes over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a few other things for my business. I finally got my accounts up to date (one of the jobs I love to hate) and I’ve been learning how to build a website using Joomla. I’ve even started a YouTube channel although I’ve not got much on there yet. Gives me some stuff to work on though.

Anyway, I really just wanted to break my silence to share this song. I heard it for the first time a few days ago and it stood out to me because it mentions the words ‘lockdown’ and ‘stand at a distance’ which are pretty significant terms with the whole virus thing. It’s not about the coronavirus though and it’s also relevant for this Easter weekend.

I love the words. It’s a great reminder of how much Jesus loves me and you; enough to go to the cross for us. I love that He holds our peace and that He’s just waiting for us to cast aside fear and run into His loving arms. Even if the music isn’t your taste have a look or a listen to the words. Have a lovely Easter wherever you are and stay safe!

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

Out of Hiding (Official Lyric Video) – Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook | The Undoing

Out of Hiding

You’ve got your reasons
But I hold your peace
You’ve been on lockdown
And I hold the key

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave

Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home

I’ll be your lighthouse
When you’re lost at sea
And I will illuminate everything

No need to be frightened
By intimacy
No, just throw off your fear
And come running to Me

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave
Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home
Keep on coming

And oh as you run
What hindered love
Will only become
Part of the story
Baby, you’re almost home now
Please don’t quit now
You’re almost home to Me

19 thoughts on “Out of Hiding

  1. Good to hear from you. 🙂

    I must admit work has been so busy it has probably helped me from becoming overly anxious. But I think some other things helped lesson any anxiety I may have felt:

    – my family and loved ones are being super serious about self-isolating for those over 70 or otherwise vulnerable. The younger ones buy their groceries and prescription medication and leave it on their doorsteps. The kids are recording videos of themselves singing or doing family plays or sketches and sending them to all the family. My niece rings me to sing songs to encourage me on my way to work. It’s all so wonderful to see that love and that they are doing what they have been asked to protect those most vulnerable. It makes me much less anxious about them,

    – the government have put in measures to help people financially. When this all started I had a few friends who were panicking because the businesses they worked for were shutting down. They thought they would be homeless within weeks. But they were anxious for something that has not happened. I have chatting to my friends and they are all ok. We have made sure we know who is in the most financial need and as a group of friends we are not going to let any of our friends be turned out onto the streets. The measures the government announced and the concern of friends and neighbours is lessening anxieties.

    – I feel more than ever that it is clear that mankind needs our Creator to rule. This is a sad time, and I know colleagues who have lost family members over the past couple of weeks, so the reality of the coronavirus is sinking in. But when I think of what our Creator has promised He will do, my heart swells with love. I try to imagine the joy when people are reunited with their loved ones. I think of how different life will be for all humans when God’s Kingdom has replaced human governments. I am deeply appreciative of everything our Creator has done to undo the damage of Adam’s selfish choice and give the human family to enjoy what he had offered to Adam.

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    1. Thanks Mel. I’m not sure why I’ve been feeling anxious. I don’t think it’s the virus. I’m glad that there are things that are helping to lessen your anxieties. I just keep trying to adjust my mindset when I feel anxious and remember that ultimately God is in control. Happy Easter.

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      1. And ultimately….when He allowed Adam to choose independence, He allowed the human family to experience the results of that decision.

        It must have been unbearable to witness what has resulted. But he promised from the start that He would undo the damage. He has not caused any of this, but he has allowed it. He will only allow what He can undo.

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