Okay— maybe not. But it sure feels like it. The longevity and never ending feeling is just one of the many challenges of life today. I mean— how many episodes CAN you watch in one sitting.
For years growing up I always imagined what a doomsday scenario would be like (not that I think that what we are experiencing today is a doomsday scenario, even though sometimes that is exactly what it feels like). Usually these imaginations would be me traveling from city to city scavenging houses for food and water. Then at some point I would meet up with people and we would restart civilization and be the heroes. However, today it seems that doomsday experience ends with me running out of Oreos and needing to wipe the crumbs off my shirt.
So yeah, maybe this is something none of us had ever expected, even in our imaginations. These challenges sometimes feel as if they are changing every single day.
However, not all of these challenges are bad, in fact some of them may be necessary for the overall health of our faith communities. Hear me out— in this time we are seeing people living out the mission of God in new and creative ways of which we have never seen before, all because their normal has been flipped upside down. The amount of church material, outreach resources, and devotional talks produced on social media has been quite incredible to see our church fill these needs. And because of this ongoing virus we are faced with the realization that sometimes the disruption of what is good and comfortable comes with the opportunity to see things that we have been missing the entire time, and I am sure that many of us are seeing things in new ways and THAT can be really exciting.
Just think about it— this may be the closest we ever get to a real “Easter feeling” for our church. When Christ died on the cross for our sins, the disciples were scattered and scared. They probably had no idea what was going on or what was going to happen. Additionally, they also may have been socially isolated. Maybe not exactly like the way we are socially isolated today but today we are seeing the world with heavy eyes and that can feel very real, especially with the coming Easter Weekend. Honestly, I personally don’t often think about what Saturday means when celebrating Easter. But— that was the day Christ was in the tomb. I’m sure if I was living in that time with the disciples I would have been wrestling with my own fear and doubt about who Jesus is.
But today we are in a moment where we are wondering where God is or what is he doing? Just like the disciples were in the time that Jesus was in the tomb. Our celebration of Easter this year is going to be a great time for us to practice our trust in who God is and the sacrifice that Jesus gave for us. Although the spread of the virus may not stop come Sunday, but we do get the opportunity to choose hope above fear. We are a people who live in a present hope of a future promise. And He equips us to be people who live both in the kingdom now and the kingdom to come.
I don’t think these thoughts have become as real to me as they have this week.
Earlier today I was reminded of a movie I watched all the time when I was a little kid, An American Tail. (Note: it has seriously been more than 15 years since I have seen this movie). All I remember about this movie is just these terrifying images of cats chasing a mouse family, FYI not a great movie to show little kids… But there was this scene and song that I watched today that made me laugh and feel sentimental when watching it:
If you didn’t watch all of it, that makes me sad but I get it. But this song just makes me think of our current social isolation (which is the funny part) but gives the visual reminder that we do have a future hope.
I am also just a sucker for kids singing even if they do sound horrible when they do.
In the challenges of this week, be looking for moments to see what God is doing in your life and how He is equipping you for the next thing. How He is equipping you for the resurrection.