Holy Week Devotion | Rhoda Smith

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I pray everyone is maintaining as much sanity as possible amid the health crisis that we are experiencing in our World. The death toll keeps rising, the lockdown keeps extending, people are out of work, and the economy is collapsing. As we approach Resurrection Sunday, I am choosing to focus on Jesus Christ above all else. My dad often challenges me by saying, “If your problem is not greater than God raising His Son up from the dead, then God has already demonstrated that He can handle it.” At the risk of sounding too cliché with an all too familiar verse, I am reminded of Jeremiah 29:11. During a time of national crisis for the Jews, Jeremiah reminds the captives of Babylon that God has a plan with a hopeful ending for them. I, too, am choosing to believe that God has a plan with an incredibly hopeful ending for our families, our education system, our economy, our nation, and our world.

Like you, I’m sure, I have personal concerns regarding the virus. I am most concerned about my mother, who is my very best friend. She is vulnerable because of an impaired respiratory system and having to breathe from a permanent Tracheostomy Tube. While she takes every precaution, no one has demonstrated more faith than she has. As serious as this virus is currently, I can assure you that the Resurrection of Christ is more relevant to her than COVID-19. Nevertheless, please pray for her with me as I pray for you and your loved one’s health and safety.

Despite all our grief, fears, anxieties, financial or health concerns, confusion, impatience, etc., God the Father will raise us up from COVID-19 from HIS power (1 Corinthians 6:14). I am choosing to believe this for our STUDENTS, our FAMILIES, and our NATION.

Rhoda Smith,
Class of 2016