Lean In by Grace Taylor

In times of uncertainty, I lean into Jesus. Actually, to tell you the truth, I ungracefully stumble and sometimes fall into Jesus. Unfortunately the phrase “Lean in” is a tad overused, and it lacks the practical steps of how to actually lean into Jesus. So what does leaning into Jesus really mean? To lean into Jesus is to let go of our desire to control our circumstances. This is where I continually trip up. I try to cling to every part of my life I think I can control. Inevitably I fail, falling into uncertainty. Admittingly, sometimes I reluctantly lean into Jesus like a child and like a gracious father, God meets me more than halfway. Really, I can only ever control two things. My attitude and my effort. That’s enough to deal with on a daily basis. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 Leaning into Jesus involves learning to rely and trust in God. “Learning to rest in God’s sovereignty. Learning to trust that His will is always for our good is both challenging and essential. It is important to acknowledge the suffering within the situation and avoid minimising the emotional stress.” - Christine A. Carter. Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Learning to lean into Jesus can look different for each of us. For some it may be getting to know Him, for others it will be a familiar hug. We all have a never-ending need to rely on and trust God, our need to lean into Jesus is not only limited to the bad times. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34. In these times of uncertainty let’s lean into Jesus together. In whatever manner that looks like in your situation, be it tripping, running or side-stepping into Jesus. We can comfort each other by offering encouraging words and being present in each other's lives. With the technology we have there really is no reason why everyone can’t take a moment to connect. “How are you coping during self-isolation?” or “How’s iso?” is the new standard greeting. Try to seek out joy in the situation, send a message with an encouraging verse or a worthy meme. Everyone needs good memes during self isolation.

I consider myself as both from Australia and New Zealand, seeing as most of my formative years were in Winton, my heart will always be in the South Island. As one of C3 Queenstown’s originals it has been a pleasure to see how much the church community has grown over the years, especially after returning from living abroad, it felt like coming home. Looking back on my past, Jesus was with me always, I never stood a chance. Finally allowing Him into my heart during university after some deep soul searching. I’m passionate about uplifting others, learning and relationships.