When adversity strikes, how do you adjust? We’ve had all kinds of adversity in the past few weeks. I’ve learned that only faith will help me through.

When adversity strikes, how do you adjust? We've had all kinds of adversity in the past few weeks. I've learned that only faith will help me through. #shelterinplace #adversity #psalm91 #christian #faith

The Case of the Missing Booties

“Why is she holding her hands out like that?” my husband asked as he looked down at our 18-month-old daughter.

“I think she wants you to put those booties back on her hands,” I said with a laugh as Laura insistently shoved her little hands out and made cute grunts.

When adversity strikes, how do you adjust? We've had all kinds of adversity in the past few weeks. I've learned that only faith will help me through. #shelterinplace #adversity #psalm91 #christian #faith

“But she doesn’t need them anymore,” he exclaimed.

We had tied booties on our daughter’s hands so that she wouldn’t scratch her chickenpox sores and cause scarring. Now, it appeared, she had adjusted to wearing the booties and thought she needed them daily.

When adversity strikes, we often down realize how quickly we can adapt. A week ago, when I read a book, I just read a book. Now, I shudder every time characters get too close to each other. “Where’s your mask?” I chide them in my head.

Watching television almost brings on a case of hives. So. many. people. so. close. to. each. other.

Grocery stores with empty shelves, sheltering in place, job losses, financial doom, so many forms of adversity in such a short time.

Faith in Adversity

We have a choice when faced with diversity. Adjust. We can adjust kicking and screaming, or we can choose to shelter-in-place—the place of refuge that God offers all of us.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalms 91:1-2

God knows the beginning from the end. He loves us beyond anything we can imagine. When adversity strikes I go to my shelter. I can’t change the fact that our renters can’t pay the rent because the state issued a shelter-in-place order. But I can choose how I react.

We choose to let them continue living there—trusting God that they will remain good stewards of our property. When the knot of financial uncertainty coils in my stomach, I can renounce it in Jesus’ name.

Adversity has knocked at our door many times since we married over 31 years ago. God has proven his faithfulness over and over again. I can adjust to adversity with grace because God will provide.

I’ll have to adjust—we may lose our rental home, we may go bankrupt, we may come out fine. Whatever the case, I have my shelter-in-place order. The governor didn’t issue it—God did.

God has already issued a shelter-in-place order. #adversity #uncertaintimes #fmfparty Click To Tweet

Everything will be ok, but it will probably be different. Grieve, but don’t stay there. You don’t need that kind of bootie tied on your hands. Instead, reach out to others who have it worse. Share what you know about the heavenly sheltering place.