The New Normal

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

(Deuteronomy 6:5)

LORD Jesus, we come before You to praise You for all Your works. You are great, LORD, and You are the One who made everything. Thank You for the water, herbs, grains, trees, fruit and vegetables that You give so freely to us. The heavens declare Your glory and righteousness. You have blessed us with a beautiful sunrise this morning. O LORD, how manifold are Your works! Go before us this day and guide us in the way we should go to bring honor and glory to You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

The politicians say things are not expected to get back to normal but we will eventually arrive at a point of “the new normal.” In a way this made me upset. On the other side, however, I asked myself if I even want to go back to normal again. What is “normal” anyway?

Things have become so common for us: We get up in the morning, not much time for breakfast, rush out of the house to spend the day at school or our workplace. Later on we come home to dive into homework or do some work inside and outside of our house. We have dinner. If we are lucky we will have all of the family members gathered around the table. We’ll try to enjoy some entertainment before we are heading to bed to go to sleep. Every day the same — sun up and sun down.

Some of us, who are fortuned enough to have extra money to spend, would go on vacation once or twice a year. Kids might have been send off to summer camp and/or all of our families came together at Christian conferences and gatherings throughout the year. It’s not happening this year.

We are already four months into 2020 and the months ahead of us are not supposed to bring us back to “the normal.” What are we going to do about that? Do we despair? No! Are we craving for how things used to be? We should not. Instead of looking back we need to look ahead and ask ourselves: For what reason? If God would free us now of this lockdown, then what? The LORD said to Pharaoh: “Let my people go, that . . .” He was supposed to let them go to do what? (Exodus 8-10)

Proverbs 4:7 says that

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.

Look ahead. Prepare for the coming days. Focus on Jesus and eternity. 

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