Day 40

By my calendar, today is the 40th day in the distancing wilderness. It started on the Monday (March 16th) after the last Sunday we had church together. Our schools were already on spring break, but they had already been told they would be closed for an additional two weeks. It was clear that life as we knew it was about to change . . .

What wasn’t as clear was how long our distancing might last. For that matter, it still isn’t clear—in fact, a lot of things are perfectly murky right now. The pandemic boulder created a huge splash and it will take a while for us to ride out the waves.

Here's what is clear:

  • Life has changed, and as much as we might like to, it doesn’t look like we’ll be returning to “full normal” anytime soon.
  • A lot of people are hurting: physically yes (from the virus, storm damage, food shortages, etc.), but also economically, psychologically and spiritually. We can’t make everything better, but we can all help someone with something!
  • We’ve been exposed in regard to our vulnerability. A microscopic virus has brought the world to its knees! Whatever happens, we don’t need to lose sight of this lesson, so we will keep our trust in God rather than ourselves. Life is fragile, handle with prayer.
  • The pandemic has brought out the best in so many. It seems that we understand at a deeper level than before that we really are all in this together.
  • It’s also safe to say that our gratitude and appreciation have been heightened. It’s really difficult to take anything for granted anymore and that is not a bad thing.  
  • Most of us are in touch a little more with our mortality—which is also not a bad thing. It can help us to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen.
  • Last but not least, God has been with us through everything!

Great is Your faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:23)

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