Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When the staff asked me to write this letter, the world, or at least America, was in a very
different place. We still milled about freely and lived as though the doom of COVID-19 were not
making its way to us. No matter what your way of life before this began, you have most likely
made significant adjustments to stay safe and keep others protected as well.
After a little over a week of state-mandated stay-at-home orders with a six-year-old extrovert
who does not understand that we can’t have friends over or go over to someone else’s place, I’ve
asked God the question, “How long?” Adversity wears on people, and the psalmist David was no
In Psalm 13, his enemy, though more visible than ours, lingered and oppressed. He questioned
God’s leaving him in this situation where he was hunted and despised.
1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
He wrestled with God, feeling as though God had abandoned him. I’m told—though I have no
experience myself—that in the original Hebrew text, reading this even sounds like a guttural
lament, a gut-wrenching cry of agony to the Lord. As my husband would say, “He had a minute.”
I’ve had a minute, that moment when watching the numbers of new cases rise and the death toll
climb, and I find myself tempted to lose heart and think God has forgotten us. I want answers,
like David did when he pleaded with God to help him understand:
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
David, however, had a transition moment. In that moment, he rethought, as if to say, “Now, wait
a minute. I’ve seen You faithful in my life. I’ve trusted in You and received your redemption.”
Then David made a decision to praise God in the midst of his struggle. “I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
In the middle of our struggles, when we’re fearful that this enemy will win, we rejoice. We may
suffer loss; for some, significant loss, but our God is faithful, and we can rejoice in the spiritual
bounty he has bestowed upon us. We have the privilege of sharing that bounty with those around
us living in fear without the confidence of Almighty God. May God grant us the strength and the
Words to open our mouths and image Him to the world around us!
Go be a blessing,
Mrs. Ruth Ann Frederick is a teacher at The Potter's School