Ask yourself that question. What is ‘normal’ you?
If you are reading this during the COVID19 crisis, you are probably thinking “I just want things to go back to normal”. That’s what I’m thinking. There’s things that I have planned to do this summer. It’s looking like most, if not all, are going to be cancelled or against COVID19 government regulations.
Being cooped up has it’s challenges. It’s not that I don’t have things to do. I like reading. Video games. I’ve got a four year old active daughter who likes to play. It’s more of the being told that I can’t do things. You may feel the same.
Being cooped up is starting to feel like a new ‘normal’. We get used to how things are. Many of us are resistant to change, personal and in the church. This isolation has affected me by working from home rather than going to the office. It’s affected my daughter who now does her school work at home. It’s affected my wife who now is a home school teacher.
From recent government predictions, we may be like this for a while.
While I’m writing this, I have to be thankful for what God has given me. I have His promises in the Bible that He is faithful.
Psalms 119:90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
There are many others.
Even though the world may seem to be falling apart around me, I still have God to look to. When the news and social media is depressing, turning to Him is refreshing. This is what I have to keep reminding myself each day. God is in control. I have to keep turning to Him in times of distress.
If you are a Christian, you have these promises. You can turn to Him anytime. Right now.
If you are not a Christian, 2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Acts 16:31: And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
I pray that each of us will turn to God through this time. Either in salvation or in growing our Christian walk with him.
This is what I’m looking at as my new ‘normal’. I may not be able to go out as much as I used to or where I would, but that doesn’t mean that life is over. Or for you either. It just means that we need to adapt to our situation. We can look for new outlets to connect with others.
Instead of feeling bad about how things are, look for new ways to grow.