FAITH IN THE STORM: A SPOTLIGHT SERIES ON MISSIONAL LIVING - Jean Lindke
The last few months have looked greatly different for so many people in our community. For Jean Lindke, that life-change took place a few months before this pandemic even started. "This season has looked different for me in a lot of ways. In December, my husband went to be home with the Lord, so that changed life quite a bit. Then COVID came along, and that really added to it. I was left with more alone time and I just wanted to be able to stay active and busy."
Like many though, Jean felt the impact of the isolation that has come from being at home. "During this time, I think like everyone, I miss being able to get in the car and go places. I miss going to church and gathering for Bible study. Even just being able to gather with family that live nearby, I think everyone is missing that. But, I'm very thankful for the technology that we have. It allows me to stay connected with my daughter in Florida and some friends from church. They're feeling the same way, so it's nice to get on the phone with them and share time with them. I think we help each other get through it."
But through dealing with feelings of isolation, there's one thing that Jean points to as her source of comfort and peace through it all. "I try to stay in the Word of God and trust in His promises, which I know are all true. It makes me more able to face each day. Not only during this crisis, but every day, God is Sovereign. He's totally in control and He has all the days of my life numbered. So, I don't have anthing to fear because of that, He's always with me."
With the extra time that Jean has, she says she wants focus on how she can be a light for Christ, because it not only glorifies God, but helps her combat some of those feelings of isolation. "I tried to see how God would have me use each day to honor Him to see the things that would be helpful to others. I also felt led to join the sewing team as a part of the Armor Project, because I have quite a bit of time on my hands, but I also felt God has given me the ability to sew so I can use it to help others."
Jean also left us with this verse to be reminded of as we look to serve God in all that we're doing:
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." - Colossians 3:23