Not Holding My Breath
I'm not holding my breath waiting for COVID-19 to be over with. And by that, I don't mean that I'm not expecting us to ever get out of our homes. Rather, I mean that I'm not just going to wait until most of this is behind us.
This is a rich time now! God's power is not weaker than this circumstance, God's reach is not stopped by a lockdown, God's Word is not limited to a physical church building, God's love is not shown only through ease of life, and God's purpose for us will never, ever be put on hold for anything.
I'm appreciating anew what the church really is and what it is not, since many things we call "church" for convenience are currently quiesced.
I'm spending more time with my wife, since both of our workplaces are closed.
I'm becoming more intentional about contacting people, since circumstances don't bring us together.
I'm seeing my neighbors more, since they are home, too, but tired of being stuck in the house.
I'm seeing my church family reach out to each other even more, since we can better envision what it's like to have our options taken away.
I'm appreciating our discussions around Scripture every Sunday morning and in the online morning devotional every weekday, since we needed to find new ways to interact with each other around God's Word.
I'm loving the creativity I'm seeing in you for your families, for your neighbors, and for our church's benefit, since we shifted gears long enough to actually have creative space.
And the list goes on.
I encourage you to take a few moments to note the new, positive aspects of life that we've been given during a challenging time. I don't thank God for a virus, but I do thank Him that He can bring new, wonderful things as a result of a virus. He is both sovereign and good, even when times are stingy.
(image: By Gabecollett - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59378447)