I’m as ready as the next guy to get back to the normal schedule, but I’m not sure we’ll ever go back to what used to be the norm. As I was doing my morning devotional earlier this week, I ran across this Scripture:
The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.Proverbs 21:16 NLT
I’ve heard people talk like there’s no reason we can’t return to church. “I’m not afraid of no virus.” “God will protect me.” “We have every right as a church to gather.”
We may have the right, but is it wise? Yes, God can do anything He chooses to do, but I also think we should heed the words of the wisdom of Solomon. His fundamental instruction is to fear and trust the Lord.
So, as Alexander Pope penned in An Essay on Criticism, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” I think we need to think long and hard before we begin to let up on our social distancing.
I miss doing things with my family and friends. I miss meeting with my church family on a regular basis, too. I’m used to Bible study on Tuesday evenings, Praise band rehearsal on Wednesday’s and church on Sundays. I am ready to get back to seeing my peeps, you know? But, if we get back to it too soon, we put the people we love in harms way. It hurts my heart to say that we need to wait, because I want to be there! I miss the time I spend with those who I hold most dear.
I don’t think that this has been an exercise in futility if we learn from it. Let’s be patient so that this virus can be fought and brought under control without losing more people. There’s more going on here than meets the eye. This is not a political ploy to control us. It’s more than that. This is a chance to open people’s hearts to receive the gift of salvation. The church can do so much more than open it’s doors.
Waiting is the right thing to do. It’s all about God’s timing. And I’ve found that he is way more patient than I am.
Be smart. Stay home and stay safe!