I was never good at putting together puzzles. There were too many pieces that brought a load of confusion. Many of the pieces look the same in shape and color, so I tried to force pieces together that seemed to fit, but they really didn’t…and I knew they didn’t. I focused on the individual pieces, tried sorting according to colors, and instead of ending up with a finished product the only result was frustration.
We all make choices even though we may convince ourselves that “This is something I have to do” rather than “This is something I choose to do.” We choose our cars, choose our wardrobes, and our friends. We choose our jobs, choose our vacation places, and choose our hobbies. We choose our places of education, choose our place of worship, and choose our dwelling place. All of those are meaningful and important to our lives, but when I say “choices,” I’m thinking of those positive decisions affecting the way we live with one another and ourselves.
During this pandemic we are experience a holding pattern on our lives. Many adults are working from home while children are learning at home. As a matter of fact, HOME is the place for all activities now, meals, movies, even exercise. Worship is virtual, doctor visits are virtual, and Zoom has become the new norm for most. It was fine the 1st week, tolerated the 2nd week, but now…in the 7th week some are starting to lose it. When will this holding pattern end?
As the weeks of the current restrictions of Shelter In Place continue, many are becoming restless and desire to risk the consequences of spreading the pandemic over their own safety and the safety of others. With the rise of unemployment and the collapse of the economy most want to return to the normalcy and the familiar routines of the past. Schools and Colleges are in dismay, as teachers, students, and parents want to return to the normalcy of the former days.
“When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them. Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about half a mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark.” Joshua 3:3-4
This was not my intended post for today, however, due to the unknowns we face with the COVID-19 crisis, I am expressing thoughts and feelings of my own and perhaps for many of you as well.
The Israelites were in a position of marvelous opportunity and new beginnings. They had arrived at the long-awaited Promised Land. The only thing preventing entry was the Jordan River with its overflowing banks of raging waters. These torrents brought fear to the Israelites. They had never traveled this way before. And so there, near the Jordan, they parked, anticipating the greatness of what could be, while living in the season of the unknown.