Now, before you write me off as being crazy and cruel for not wanting “normal” back, let me explain…
Before this pandemic started getting serious, we (generally speaking) were comfortable. We took so many things for granted. I know if you’re anything like me (hello, fellow extroverts! *waves from at least 6 feet away*), you enjoy getting to see people and interacting with them on a regular basis (spur-of-the-moment is fine too…). You know, things like going to a restaurant, dropping in to pick up a few things at the grocery store, hanging out with friends and family, going to church, throwing birthday parties and other celebrations, having people over for dinner…so. many. things.
And just like that… we don’t get to anymore. At least not the way we used to.
I think in a lot of ways, it has been a good but difficult reminder for us.
Think of this Scripture:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
You see, I’m pretty good at making plans. What I need to be good at is realizing and remembering that I can make all the plans in the world, but it is God who is in control!
Now, I’m not saying to not make plans. Plans are good things. The problem comes when our confidence is only in our plans and not God’s plans. We need to remember that as much as we can make plans, we’re not really the ones who can make them happen. That’s in God’s hands.
A good reminder…
So, what should we be doing? I truly think that all of this is a good reminder of what we normally have. Of what we normally take for granted. Here are some things for which I think we will have a renewed appreciation, when we’ve all gotten through this together (well, separately…):
- Going to church
- Tight hugs
- Firm handshakes
- Being with friends and family
- Steady jobs
- Food – grocery stores and restaurants
- Birthday parties
- Each heartbeat and each breath we can easily take
- And yes… even toilet paper 😉
Let us truly say and mean, “if the Lord wills” when we make plans for the future…and, Lord-willing, truly be grateful when He does bring them to pass. Let that be our new “normal.” <3