I have been at a loss for words as the world as we know it has come to almost a complete shut down. Even as I write this blog post, there’s a certain level of hesitation that has built up around my finger tips. I want to make sense of it. I want things to go back to normal. I want to get out of the house. I want to see my friends and family. I want to know the end of this is near. I want people to stop dying. I can go on and on about what I want but I’ve quickly come to realize that it’s not about what I want or what anybody wants. I’m certain that God has taken the “power” from our hands and has rightfully proven Himself again. I put the word power in quotations because as humans we think that we’re in control of everything; we really think we have power to make things work the way we want them to. I’m sure many of us have lived long enough to know that God has a way of showing us who’s really in control in certain aspects of our lives but what are we to make of covid-19?
Maybe we aren’t supposed to make sense of it. Maybe our finite minds could never fathom the outcome of covid-19 if the ending or solution had been revealed to us as soon as the pandemic was. If we knew what the ending would be, why would we need faith in God? There’s so many maybes and so many unanswered questions but there is one constant and that is God is in control.
I have a problem with idolization. I can admit to it. Of course in the 10 commandments God says not to make idols. Some people may be largely confused about this, I know I used to be. I used to think of idols in terms of worshiping another god in place of God. While it still can mean that, the commandment is so much more loaded. Whatever takes the place of or impedes a relationship with God is an idol. An idol is something in your life that is elevated higher than God. Idols are distractions from God and can come in many different forms. So now that there is some clarification, what has God taken the backseat to in your life? It’s quite the question to ponder but like me I’m sure there’s at least something we can mention. It can be the pursuit of love, a girlfriend/boyfriend, spouse, children, careers, hobbies, business ventures, alcohol, partying, money, etc. The list can go on and on. While in quarantine, I encourage you to answer that question.
Let’s be clear, you can still read God’s Word, meditate on it, pray, attend church, volunteer in different ministries at church, serve your community, etc. and still have idols. The intricacies involving idols can be so vast that we have to be increasingly careful as we continue to develop as Christians. Sometimes we get so caught up in the routine of things that we neglect the fact that our bodies are physically present in spaces our minds never attended which brings me to the question of what is God trying to do in this season in our lives? In these devastating times, what is God trying to show us? What is He requiring of us that we’ve never done before? Because once it’s all said and done, we can never go back to the way things were.
Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquirer of at all by them?”- Ezekiel 14:3
I think it’s time for us to really sit and listen to what God is trying to tell us and answer these questions for ourselves. Some of us were too busy. Some of us are merely working just to die with no real purpose. Some of us made time for everything else but God. I hope you spend this time getting closer to Him. I hope you discover your purpose. I hope you find joy in your family and time with loved ones, develop your talents/interests, and/or get some rest. God has literally called the world to be still. As I wrote in a previous post, there is purpose in stillness. What we have to understand is that we are going through trying times but it’s not about what’s happening to us but for us. Hopefully this pandemic has revealed a lot for you. It’s time to get back to God.
I notice families walking around the neighborhood in amounts I’ve never seen before, neighbors being neighborly, families cooking and having dinner together, parents at home spending more time with their children, and children becoming more independent in their learning. I notice the promotion of self care and quality time. There is always good even in the midst of what seems bad; always a light amidst darkness. We still have to be in continuous prayer for the lives that have been lost to the coronavirus, for those in bereavement, for those dying alone, for nurses, doctors, medical staff, cashiers, restaurant workers, police officers, the military, and all persons who continue to put their lives on the line for our well being. We have to pray for children everywhere because everyone’s home environment isn’t the most ideal. We have to pray for those who struggle with addiction, depression, and loneliness. We have to pray for everyone that has lost their jobs during this time. God will make a way! He will never leave us nor forsake us. God bless you and your family on this journey!