As my Facebook feed fills with news, memes, and rants about the COVID19, I quickly turn to check my e-mails. It also has tons of e-mails pertaining to the pandemic, but there are some exemptions. One of which is reminding me of something that is so important we might miss it out?
What might we miss in the midst of a global crisis?
Lent! We might forgot it’s still Lent. We are in the Passion Week. Also don’t forget, Easter. Easter pointing to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian message. Will we miss this out in the midst of fear and anxiety? Will we miss it out because it belongs to the ‘old normal”?
As the so called “new normal” takes over because of the virus, we might temporary forget the “old normal” along with its holy disruptions like Lent. Let add also Sunday worship, prayer meetings, devotions and Bible study as disruptors of the “old normal”. But aren’t we already neglecting, forgetting or down playing these “disruptions” of the “old normal” even before this “new normal” came in? Did the fire of these holy disruptions became cold as we progress in our Christian life?
I praise churches and pteachers that make much of these troubled times to go to technology to continue their services and Bible study. Some even had a digital communion. I’m glad believers are still pushing these holy disruptors of the “old normal” to the “new normal”. Truly it’s a fascinating time we are in. Of course, the “new normal” brought up by the pandemic drives people to seek God and it is a good thing. But what if after this ordeal and a new “new normal” sets in, will we further push the old “old normal” holy disruptions? How will the the holy disruptors thrive in the new enviroment?
Some of us are following the church liturgical calendar. Our church is not big on Lent but we do have a tradition of gathering for Lord’s Supper during Good Friday and a sunrise service on Easter. It’s a good thing to have these kinds of events that sort of nudging us to remember God in the “old normal” aside from the weekly Sunday service and Lord’s Table.
We might miss out Lent. We might miss Easter. We might miss out other things because of the pandemic. Including His second coming. Impossible? Go check Luke 18:8.
So what should we do? What can we accomplish on both the “new normal” and “old normal” and supercedes these and everything that will come our way? I have a suggestion. Make these disruptions intentional! In reality, everything that distracts us whether it’s a holy pursuit or indulging in sin, for better or for worse, didn’t come to us unexpectedly. Nor does it came as an accident. We want to be distracted. We intent to be distracted.
We should thank God that He uses days, weeks, people, places and even virus outbreaks to remind of His grace and mercy. These gifts allows us to strengthen our Christian life. Whether its Lent or COVID19, we should be thankful for that reminder. God is the God of the “old normal” and the “new normal”. His holy disruptions will go on with Him. The only question is: will we pay attention to these distractions?