Is This The Time To Panic?
Updated: Apr 17, 2020
Really! What's happening? Why can't our children go to school? Why can't they run around in the park? Why can't people go to work, out to eat or watch a movie? Why can't we congregate to pray or worship? The whole economy and millions of people's life savings are tanking - our whole life is built around not getting a bug that has the potential of killing us. The whole world has shut down! We are now guided by "experts" who tell us what to do and what not to do. We are hooked on hours of social media and 90% of our conversations revolve around the havoc created by an evil bug (that is frustration speaking in me).
Yet, spring has come! I hear the cooing of the turtle doves in the freshness of the early morning sunrise. I see new life spurting out of the rose bushes, honeysuckle, and the succulents planted around our home. I see the tiny droplets of early morning dew on the grass wobbling in the cool breeze. I see breathtaking sunsets and sparkling water from the Colorado River as we walk on the canal banks with our dogs. I see families coming together, praying, reading the Bible and doing chores. I see people judiciously using their limited resources, I see churches meeting like never before through technology, I see people sharing, caring and loving on each other. I see saints working in the front line with holy boldness. I believe that all things work together for the good (not bad or ugly) but GOOD to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28) (that is the Hope speaking in me).
To Glorify God and to Enjoy Him was, is and will be the chief purpose of humankind. God has given us an opportunity to get close to Him and enjoy Him. When Satan literally is trying to stop the world, God is giving us more time to bask in His presence and enjoy Him. James 4:8 says, "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." This may be the only opportunity in our lifetime where the busyness of this world is STOPPED and God is inviting us to find our being in Him.