The dictionary definition of disruption: a disturbance or problem which interrupts an event, activity, or process. Suffice to say that the virus known as “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19”, its medical nomenclature, has created a disruption, to say the very least. It has thrown sand in the gears and a monkey wrench into the machinery of our lives. To quote a grandchild’s recent comment to his grandfather, “Grandpa, things have really changed”.
The Down Side
Let’s stop here and take a moment to reflect. One thing we need to remember is that we live in a fallen, broken world. What we are experiencing now is no less different than what societies in ages past have faced, whether it be from the devastation of war, disease, economic collapse, or the combination thereof.
For most adults today, the last time such an impact was made on their lives, collectively as a nation, harkens back to September 11, 2001. But, as horrible as that day was, this experience arguably surpasses 9-11 because of the pervasive and personal nature of the effect that this health issue has brought to all of us. So, as we reflect, where should we go to gain the perspective that we need to navigate these times?
The Divine Side
If you have tuned into some of the news items and features addressing this health issue, some have referred to it on a biblical level. Society tends to go in that direction when seeking explanations that surpass what man can provide. Just last week, Dr. Tony Evans preached a sermon on the meaning of a “divine disruption”. He placed this issue squarely where it belongs. It is a disruption allowed by our Creator to get our attention on multiple levels. This disruption has forced us to stop, think, and re-align our priorities. We have been forced to look at relationships in a new light. We have been made to slow down and think in a manner that is not a regular part of our pace and rhythm. We have been compelled to re-think what is truly important to us.
We must realize that ultimately we are created in God’s image. As such, all that truly matters is what we do with our lives in service to Him. He is a loving, merciful, and holy God. He has known each one of us from the womb. He has plans for all of us, no matter our age or physical condition. Take in this scripture:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11”
Let us encourage you to develop a thankful heart and to appreciate God’s invisible hand of providence that is currently in motion. To whom else are we to turn? Purpose to care for those for whom you are responsible. Seek God’s wisdom as you navigate this extraordinary period in our collective lives. We at CRCS do believe that this is a time to develop a deeper strength, purpose, and faith as we trust Our Lord through this time. Let’s not forget this when we are on the other side of this health issue. It is a life lesson for the ages.