Normal is no more. Years of normal definitely tell me this isn’t it. Sheltering in place – like during a storm, only the weather isn’t the issue. Covering faces and hands. Avoiding hugging, not getting close. Jobs gone in a matter of days.
Unsettling really doesn’t do much justice to the way many are feeling. Anxiousness has a way of pulling us inward. Then we forget, as we scan nearly empty shelves, that others wandering the same aisles are in search of something to make them feel more secure. And a loaf of bread won’t do it.
But here’s what we need to remember – this isn’t where we’re supposed to settle, to call home, to rest in. “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” (Hebrews 13:14 NLT)
Yet to come – promised, sure, everlasting. A home where there is no more Covid-19 (nor anything like it).
Doesn’t it come down to this: laid bare, all our soul really longs for is an end to evil, strife, heartache, pain? This is not to be on earth. It is to be someday. Don’t miss it. Do you know this Jesus who promised? Promised to never leave us, forsake us. Promised to prepare a forever home for us – full of joy, endless wonder.
“When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 NLT)
So do not fear a virus. Fear not knowing there truly is more than this world. Be so very sure that even in the unsettled moments, your eyes automatically look up. Up to the One who is not surprised by any storm – weather or disease or lost job or any of the pains common to our world.
He lived them, walked among them – lovingly healed the blind, touched the leper, spoke calmly to the woman about to be stoned. In an instant, love like that, heals all. That love can heal you too – maybe not here, maybe not right now. But in eternity.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)
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