How Are You Doing…TODAY?

Sep 8, 2020

Recently I was waiting in a (socially distanced) line—something that has become a norm during COVID-19. Just ahead of me was a friend I had not seen in a while. We began to talk, when she asked me, “How are you and your family doing?” But then she quickly re-asked the question, adding a very helpful word. She asked, “How are you and your family doing…today?” What a helpful question! It recognized that in the midst of the challenges facing so many of us, each day has enough trouble of its own. And her question invited me to be honest, and to speak about places where life might be difficult. Her question let me know that she was really interested in how my family was faring with schooling at home, with the ongoing challenges of a pandemic, and all of the other life pressures facing us. Her question also led me to ponder the help God gives each one of us…today. He promises fresh mercies each morning (Lam. 3:22-23). He promises mercy and grace to help in each moment of need (Heb. 4:14-16). And Jesus reminds me and you that, today, our Heavenly Father is present and able to care for our each and every need (Matt. 6:25-34). Her question provided me an opportunity to trust God in fresh ways in the midst of what I was facing on that particular day. Asking good questions, and inviting honest responses are part of living in Gospel-centered relationships. Good questions deepen our friendships, and help us really know a person. And the more we get to know one another, the more we are able to access Scripture in a way that reorients us to the help and hope that he provides each day.