It’s been 3 months since North Carolina was given the “Stay At Home” order. 3 months of cooking at home, online classrooms, and waiting for businesses to re-open.
Now the restaurants are fully open. Churches are open. And malls are open.
Yet, there’s a sense of exhaustion that remains as we move slowly back into normalcy.
We walk into restaurants and see waitors with masks and we sit next to empty tables.
I excitedly sat in the pew of my church but was saddened by the empty choir chairs.
My office is seeing patients outdoors and in their cars, to minimize the risk of COVID19 exposure. We toughed out freezing temperatures, rain, and wind. Now we’re facing the heat of summer. Hello tan lines and puddles of sweat haha!
I’m pretty much ready to sprint back to normal so I can enjoy my office and exam rooms once again.
So what do we do now? Where do we go from here?
Forward. It’s our only option.
When Moses rescued his people from the Egyptians, they traveled through the desert for 40 years. 40 years! Could you imagine having to deal with COVID19 for 40 years. Nope. Nope. Nope.
How did they do it?
They did it because they were focused on God’s promise. They weren’t perfect. There was some grumbling involved and some mistakes by God’s people but as a whole, they continued to move forward.
One step at a time.
When David was hunted by King Saul, he and his soldiers hid in the wilderness.
How did he do it?
Because David relied on God’s promise that he’d be a triumphant king. So despite feeling weary, he continued to move forward.
By focusing on the faithful promises that God has for his people, we can continue to move forward and find strength in the fact that he’s going to deliver us.
If we knew the exact date and time that a cure or a vaccine would be produced, we wouldn’t feel so exhausted. As a matter of fact, we’d probably be working harder and faster in preparation for that day! We’d be counting down the days, the hours, the minutes, and the seconds!
But because we don’t have that knowledge, we have to focus on God’s promises to help us get through this pandemic.
Remember that we have been promised eternal life through Jesus Christ. We have been promised by God that he’ll never leave us or forsake us. We have been promised an abundant life because God loves us and is love.
Move forward. One step at a time. One patient a time. One homeschool lesson at a time.
Move towards God’s promises.
Let’s pray together. God, we are weary. We feel defeated. I’m sorry for the times that I griped and complained about my situation when I should’ve been focused on your plan for me. But God, I now remember that you are a perfect God, with a perfect plan, for an imperfect person, in an imperfect world. You are faithful. Help me to move forward towards your promise for my life. Help our nation to move forward towards your promise for your people. One step at a time. Amen.