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Updated: Apr 3

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/tərn/ verb

: move in a circular direction wholly or partly around an axis or point.

: move (something) that is in a different position in relation to its surroundings or its previous position.

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When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 New International Version (NIV), emphasis added

Coronavirus (*in my Cardi B voice*)! It is here and apparently it is not going anywhere. If you’re like me, the notorious COVID-19 injected itself into your life and routine with a vengeance. It may have robbed you of your sense of peace, slipped you into a mild state of depression or anxiety, and is currently challenging every element of your normalcy.

Like you, I’ve questioned the reason for these times. To be frank, I am tired of circumventing points of struggle, uncertainty, depression, and, in some moments, fear, as I continue my life’s journey. It seems like I’ve been circling these points of my life for far too long. I steadily wait for God to sit back and allow me to turn the corner of my life into a lane that feels a bit more like joy found in purposeful living rather than consistent, sometimes brutal, preparation or purging.

But here I am being prepared and purged some more. And this time it is in the company of the whole world. So, I’ve processed and reflected on yet another defining moment of my life and I’d like to share a couple of questions I’ve been chatting with Jesus about.

However, before I do, let me remind you that His Word found in the good book, The Bible, is not an antiquated piece of literature irrelevant to current events or times. It is real. It is alive. And we’re traversing God’s prophetic path exactly as expressed in 2 Chronicles 7: 13 right now. Let’s take a look at this piece of scripture again.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, – 2 Chronicles 7:13 New International Version (NIV)

Did you know there is an ongoing drought in Brazil, Argentina right now? The Lord, who appeared to King Solomon, said: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain…”.

Did you also know swarms of locusts are wreaking havoc in East Africa? The Lord continued and said: “…or command locusts to devour the land…”.

And you may already know, like a plague, the coronavirus is an epidemic disease, right? The Lord kept going and said: “…or send a plague among my people, …”.

Yeah. I digress. Again, the Word is real AND alive. Now go talk to God about this revelation while I move swiftly to the next verse, verse 14.


…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV), emphasis added

One of the great things about our Father is although He does not eliminate troubled times from showing up, He always promises to take care of us. However, our faith in Him often requires surrendering, obedience, aligned action or a combination of them all in the midst of the most trying times.

Here are 5 questions that may assist you make a determination of what you must surrender, obey, or act on. Ask yourself:

  1. What do I need to turnover? Hint: He said, “…if my people, who are called by my name, …”. Listen. Enough is enough. You’ve been prolonging this action way too long. You are called. You may not know or understand the whole vision for your calling (if you don’t, go ahead and sign up for my empowerment coaching program) but know YOU ARE CALLED. Period. Turnover (surrender) your own agenda, selfish ambition, and your whole life to Christ and answer the call He has on your life!

  2. What do I need to turn on? Hint: He also said, “…will humble themselves…”. Merriam Webster online dictionary defines humility as “freedom from pride and arrogance”. Feeling bound by the uncertainties of COVID-19? Upset by it disrupting your normal day-to-day routine? Overwhelmed by your inability to navigate the unique challenges of these times? Here’s a probable solution: Turn on humility in and throughout your life. Humility equals freedom. It will strip away control issues. However, being humble is a conscious, deliberate and daily choice to make.

  3. What do I need to turn to? Hint: He goes on to say, “…and pray and seek my face…”. Y’all. We are in a crisis never experienced or handled before. If you can’t do anything else, you can turn to spending unceasing time in prayer and seeking the Lord. Prayer and seeking Him may be discomforting to some of you and that’s okay – no judgement here. Just be soothed by the words of Max Lucado who says: “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

  4. What do I need to turn away from? Hint: Yikes. Here’s a big one. “…and turn from their wicked ways, …,” He said. Is it time to take inventory of the unpleasant parts of you? For me, I am taking a hard look in the mirror while positioning myself, with God’s help, to turn away from those things that stifle my supernatural progress – like excuses, procrastination, perfectionism, lustful desires, impatience, negativity, thoughts like “I don’t want to… because I don’t feel like it or because I want it my way,” etc. We often neglect to realize there will be a point of no return, which is the inevitable indeterminate point of death. Opportunities to seek God for forgiveness of our wicked ways will vanish and we will reap the consequences of inaction, disobedience, or resistance. And this is not to instill fear or to sound morbid but instead to keep it real – COVID-19 is taking lives at an exponential rate and I’d hate for you or me to stubbornly choose to be in opposition to God’s instruction only to find our time on Earth expires today, tomorrow, or the next. Remember, tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

  5. What will turnaround? Hint: He saves the best for last, as He says, “then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Illness, wickedness, sin, evil, or the like have nothing on God’s promising power. He’s a promise keeper who really doesn’t ask for much from us in comparison to what He does for us. COVID-19 will turnaround for our good (refer to Romans 8:28) and you and I need to know this simple FACT and believe it! So, let’s use this time to do our part and trust and believe in God to do what He already said He would do (what He's already in the process of turning around for our good).

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