It may feel like “our” world is falling down all around us. The coronavirus/COVID-19 has created a worldwide crisis and panic, the likes of which most of us have never seen.
We can bemoan the lack of toilet paper, the closed restaurants and activities, the impact on our wallet… But what an opportunity for awakening it provides!
It seems like everything is closing. We are being told to distance ourselves from others, to self isolate. Our sources of entertainment, bars, restaurants, schools, and activities are closing. I was saddened this weekend when I heard that so many churches were also closing. I found myself asking, “What is the plan, Lord? Help me make sense of this.”
And then it hit me — what a blessing all of this is. A chance to slow down. A chance to be quiet. A chance to be alone… with God. Even in church, I sometimes find myself just checking a box, distracted by those around me, rather than in a conversation with God. There are so many distractions in our daily life — now many of those are being closed or isolated from us. No excuse not to spend some quiet time with God.
What an opportunity to make 2020 not the year of the coronavirus, but the year when we open our eyes and ears — the year when we get clearer vision — 20/20 vision on what’s important.
Let’s take the time that we have been given, the social distancing that we are supposed to be observing, to remove the distance between ourselves and God. Let’s fill the six foot space around us with God . . . His love . . . His arms . . . His wisdom . . . His plan. He never asks us to distance ourselves from Him — we seem to do that all on our own. What a great time to recapture that space with Him.
May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1: 18-21
Open our eyes. Help us to see more clearly. Open my eyes to see the wonders of your law and of your love. I want to focus on you. I want to use this year of 2020, to make my vision 20/20. Guide me in your ways. Help me to see and utilize the opportunity that the current situation presents. Help me to focus on your world not what we get distracted by in our world. Our world is temporary — yours is eternal.
Open my eyes, Lord, I want to see more clearly.