I have been trying to reflect on lessons God has been teaching me throughout the pandemic of 2020. Here’s what I have so far:
1) All plans are tentative
2) Slow down
3) Touch with words
4) Choose to focus on what you still have
5) Life is very fragile
6) The church is both gathered and scattered
7) Just do today
8) Think Eternity
Waiting is one of the hardest things for Americans to do. I recommend intentional self-training to my intercultural studies students who plan to serve in a country that is “event-oriented” rather than “time-oriented.” I suggest they purposely get in the longer lane of traffic when they come to a stoplight on a multi-lane road. I tell them to purposely get in the longest line at Walmart when shopping.
One of our problems with waiting is because we see time as a commodity and we don’t want to waste it. The Covid-19 pandemic has collectively put us into a forced period of waiting. We are all waiting for things to return to some semblance of normal. So, what do we do while we are waiting? We can use this time to simply complain and grumble and make everyone around us miserable or we can become pro-active in our waiting.
For example, we can “wait and pray.” We can focus on waiting on the Lord. Charles Spurgeon has said, “Let us sing God’s praises in anticipation of things to come.” That must have been the mindset of Paul and Silas when they were put in prison in Philippi. They had been beaten by rods with many blows, put in the inner dungeon part of the prison with their feet in stocks. Instead of moaning and groaning about their lot, we find them praying and singing hymns to God at midnight.
Reflections: We have all been forced into a time of waiting. What will you actively do with this time?
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!