Sunday March 29, 2020
It seems like life has hit the pause button. I mentioned in a message several weeks ago about ”one thing is for certain, everything is going to change.” Well, we didn’t think it would be a Pandemic and life would be turned upside down and life as we know put on pause.
One of the difficult things about being put on pause, is we don’t know how long the pause will last. I think about every Sunday and Wednesday; just how many more weeks will we have to wait before we can get back to worshiping together and back to a normal life.
Waiting is difficult for most of us, especially if you are an impatient person. It doesn’t help our impatience because we live in a time of drive-thru service, instant messaging and next day delivery of packages. There is an advertisement that says “It’s my money and I want it now.” That has become normal for many.
There are many examples in the Bible of men and women waiting for the pause button to be lifted. Daniel waited three weeks for an answer, but he spent the time waiting in fasting and prayer. As Abraham waited for the promise of God, he looked for a city whose builder and maker was God. That gave him hope. Hannah waited for years for a child while remaining faithful as she waited.
So, we are in a temporary pause of our normal lives and especially gathering together to worship God. So, while we wait patiently, lets check on each other, pray for one another and our nation.
Don’t lose hope, practice patience, keep your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
We quote Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. It means we take a very deep breath and wait patiently, as we follow the guidelines that will hopefully keep us and our families safe. Remember, it is not just about us, but others also, this too will pass. As we wait, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.