Stay safe and sane... by Wendy Richardson

Stay safe and sane - I feel like I’m writing that a lot nowadays and not just to let others know I’m thinking of them, but to reassure myself. To be safe is the somewhat easier part of that statement - there is a lot of information and advice out there. We can play our practical part in this and that is a big part to play in the grand scheme of things. But to stay sane, that is the more subtle role. There are those thoughts that will have you believe you’re on your own in this. Self isolation in itself suggests being by yourself. This is a lie and a deception. The biggest way to combat a silent enemy is to be the voice of victory, to be the the voice of truth and stand on the hope we do have. When I say be the voice, I don’t necessarily mean stand on a mountaintop close to your home, and be appropriately socially distanced from the nearest person, whilst shouting to them. I mean speak to those thoughts in your heart which bring anxiety, confusion, doubt and loneliness. Be the voice of Jesus in this time, for which you have already been graciously prepared. Matthew 28:20 And surely I am with you always. God is always with us even in these unprecedented times. He knows your spoken and unspoken fears and wants to shed light into your darkest moments. John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” His ways of combat are not necessarily the most common, logical or even somewhat practical in our eyes. I felt God say to me to be the voice of victory to my heart I need to tell my mind to be quiet!! Psalm 46:10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Being His voice in this crisis may mean being still and just knowing and trusting! I know, it’s tough to do in this new normal, but start small and you will see God be exalted in new ways. Practically, and this is just my journey, I have had to un-follow some Facebook pages, decrease Facebook screen time, download more worship music, crack open some books that may have gathered dust and go on walks without my phone!! What does it look like to you to be still? What does it look like to just know that He is God?



Wendy is a gifted communicator, sharing deep and real revelations from the heart that make an impact on people's lives


and walk with Jesus for the better. As well as being a dedicated member of our hospitality team, Wendy has vast experience in a variety of ministry roles. Wendy lives in Arrowtown and works locally as a veterinarian nurse, one of our communities amazing essential services, looking after our animal babies during these trying times.