Think out of the box

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

9) Actively wait

I have learned throughout the Covid pandemic that just because you aren’t allowed to do something doesn’t mean you can’t do that thing in a new way.  For some people, Covid restrictions look like a big red stop sign.  But for others, they simply see a detour sign and begin to look for an alternative way to reach their destination.  For many the pandemic has provided an opportunity to get creative and come up with a new way to do something.

According to Genesis 1:27, every one of us has been created in the image of God and one of the ways we reflect God’s image is in our creative abilities.  We can’t create things “out of nothing” like God, but we have the ability to create amazing things from the raw materials created by God.  I stand in awe when I look at a huge airplane or a huge ship and think, “human beings created that!”

There have been many examples of creative “out of the box” thinking during the pandemic.  The small town where two of my grandkids live, created a drive-by scavenger hunt by putting small teddy bears in the windows of houses around the town.  People stood outside nursing home windows to talk on the phone with loved ones on the other side of the glass.  People have been blessed by gift baskets left on porches or doing the grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor.  Instead of trying to talk with students wearing masks in my office, I created an “outdoor office” with two camping chairs on the sidewalk outside my building, where we could sit six feet apart and communicate without masks.  I have found it to be true in life, there are usually other options we haven’t thought of yet.

Reflections:  What is a Covid-19 restriction that you are very frustrated about?  Ask God to give you creative wisdom.  Spend some time thinking about a creative way to do something related to your frustration in a new way.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 1:5

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