The Faith Factor

The terrain of the wilderness is a challenge all its own. It is sharp, rough and rugged and our feet stagger over it. It distracts our thoughts and it demands our attention and effort. Fatigue comes quicker because we are used to something much smoother.

And yet . . . there is something about the expansiveness of the wilderness that invites us to turn off our iPhones, pull out our AirPods and spend some serious time reflecting upon what really matters in life. Times like this are wonderful at crushing comfortable realities and challenging us to look away from ourselves and turn our gaze upward and outward.

After all, for all our technical sophistication, a virus approximately 0.125 microns (a red blood cell is five microns in diameter) can physically disable us and reduce us to hoarding food and fighting over toilet paper. Not our best look.

But we are better than that. If we'll let God be our security, we can act out of faith rather than fear and that's always our best look. This will enable us to see that we are all in this together and we need to act that way. And praise God for the many people, the many of you, who are doing just that.

Isn't it ironic that God could be using this time of social distancing, quarantines and isolation to remind us how connected we really are?

Make sure you do not let this day pass without reaching out to someone.

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:36-37)

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