April 22, 2020
Three weeks we have been mostly confined to our homes, and about five weeks since we started distancing ourselves from others and not meeting in large groups. We don’t know how long until we can get back to church. It may be a long time before we have sporting events and concerts where thousands gather together.
By now, most of us have chopped all the wood we need for a while. We’ve cleaned and rearranged and maybe redecorated and remodeled our houses. We’ve put together jigsaw puzzles and helped kids with homework. These often trying weeks have exposed flaws in our planning, our personalities and our marriages. What next?
Our society is at a crisis point. Here’s what I’ve learned or relearned: we are connected to others. How we treat others can literally mean life or death, or at least hardship. Ignoring pandemic guidelines i.e. not keeping distance, gathering in large groups, hoarding food may mean we are okay, but it can create hardship for others, and even hardship for the ones we love. Time will tell which of the guidelines are overdone. We can speculate, but at this time we simply don’t know.
I’ve also learned how dependent we are on God. An unseen virus that kills and seriously sickens few people has turned our society upside-down. War has ravaged countries more. I’m not downplaying the hardship we face, and we’re not used to it. My point is to show how much of this world is out of our control.
In such times, it’s important to keep the faith, however and whenever it is possible to do that. We have an opportunity to be powerful witnesses for God at a time when people desperately need it. Connect as best you can. Help others as you’re able. Focus on the goodness in life instead of the bleakness. Look forward to the time when we will be together on earth and in heaven.