The internet is an overwhelming place right now. Yesterday Will and I discussed it as I dropped sweet corn seeds into a newly-tilled patch of earth in our front yard.
“It’s like walking into a room where 30 people are all screaming at you,” Will said.
The current coronavirus pandemic has made many people nearly crazy with fear, whether it’s fear of sickness and dying, fear of being unable to keep a job, fear of losing religious freedom, or fear of being duped by the powers that be.
Feelings and opinions flare hot, and through it all runs an undercurrent of grief. Losing the normalcy of life to new levels of stress and isolation is hard to bear.
But I keep seeing people overlook an important piece that would completely change their perspective, and it makes my heart ache. So many of us are too preoccupied with our opinions and fears to see it.
Yes, we live in uncertain times, but God is at work.
Instead of bemoaning what is past and being afraid of the future, we need to be asking “what is God doing here and now?
“What unique Kingdom opportunities are here right now? How can I participate with God in what He is doing?”
Participating with God is such a purposeful and hopeful way to live!
I have long felt that God’s people need to be extremely flexible to be active and useful in what He is doing in our time. This crisis is another chance to exercise that flexibility.
God has never been hindered by such trivial things as whether a congregation can hold services in a special building on Sunday morning. I love going to church, yet the traditional Sunday morning service isn’t all that constitutes church.
Instead of trying to recreate systems as we know them, maybe we need to look for new ways to infiltrate the world with the love of Jesus.
These days uncertainty is wearing off protective layers, leaving many people feeling vulnerable and tender. All the opinions thrown around about conspiracy theories and what will happen to the economy are doing precious little to answer any real questions pressing on people’s hearts. The political arguments are a distraction at best.
What does God want for those of us who are hurting and afraid? How can I be the gentleness and peace of Jesus to others during this time? How can I treat their vulnerability with love and care, just as Christ has loved and cared for me?
I’m seeking to live in this new normal in a way that is both meaningful and restful. God is at work, and I don’t want to miss out.