Somewhere over the rainbow!
What exactly is it we truly expect to find at the end of this, well it is not a rainbow, but at the end of covid- 19? I have the strange feeling that things are not going to be the way they were before this began when our team was in South Asia. I remember preparing to come back to the states not thinking anything significant about what was happening. There was one reported case where we were and when we boarded the plane on a connecting flight where a majority of the people were wearing masks, I began to sense that we had missed the memo that the airline messaged the passengers before boarding. That is always a good feeling when traveling! Not! Looking back on that time, it is amazing to think about how much has taken place since that place and time. This has been a worldwide event like no other in my generation. There are numerous global challenges that took place over the past 40 plus years, but this is the first of its kind that I can remember.
What will be the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow? What is it that we should be looking forward to? What if we are just wanting things to return to normal, but normal is no longer normal? We have received what we hoped for, but is that a good thing when the world is a completely different place than it was before? Will international travel be safe again? Can I take my wife on a cruise for our thirtieth wedding anniversary or are cruises now going to be extinct? This raises many questions in my already feeble mind, I am not sure I want to know the answer to these questions. This reminds me of firearms training in the law enforcement training academy. Hurry up and wait so that we can wait some more. I suspect the full effects of the virus may not be felt for many months and possibly years.
What does this mean for those of us who claim to be people of faith? First this means that we have an opportunity to put our faith into action. The world will become anxious as it awaits the outcome of the coronavirus, but as Christians we are told to be anxious for nothing but to take everything to God in prayer and supplication. (my loose paraphrase) Possibly more faith building is the idea that tomorrow will have its own unique challenges so focus on the current time that we have, today. The world will place its faith and hope in world leaders, governments, and institutions. There are gifted and talented people working feverishly twenty-four hours a day to find answers and solutions, but as I have heard many of you say, why are we not turning to our faith? It is a simple answer to many of us, but in a secularized world, it is the last option and resort. If we consider that many places in the world do not practice Christianity, many have never heard of Jesus Christ (totally our fault), and many have not had the time to consider religion because the virus as well as a multitude of other social ills have taken their life prematurely. That is why it is essential that we share with others the message of the hope and promise of Jesus Christ. God’s eternal Kingdom is something to look forward to. If I am going to stay at home somewhere, I want it to be my dwelling in God’s home.