A Pandemic Season
DATE POSTED: 04/29/2020  |     |   Category: Friend to Friend

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  (ESV, Gal. 6:7–10)

This passage has come to mind many times over the past few weeks. I have thought about each aspect of these verses in light of the pandemic. I have become weary as the text says. That word weary can also be translated to lose one’s motivation, or enthusiasm. It can also mean to be discouraged.

There have been several things that have caused me a lack of motivation:

  • Changing routines
  • Not going to work at the office
  • Working remotely without a dedicated office area
  • Inability to meet with people in person
  • Not able to exercise at the gym
  • Not being able to fellowship with other believers at church
  • Dealing with friends who have lost loved ones while sheltering-at-home

While these things have caused me to become weary, the challenge of the text is to not become discouraged. The thought is that we would find ways to continue or persevere.

With that in mind, I have found a variety of ways to remain motivated while sheltering-in-place:

  • Continue a consistent quiet time
  • Create a new routine
  • Spend time outside
  • Spend time with family
  • Schedule Zoom calls to meet with people face-to-face
  • Call pastors to check on them
  • Write notes to loved ones
  • Plan and complete projects
  • Look for new ways of doing things
  • Find ways to creatively care for neighbors

By doing these things, I have been encouraged to persevere.

This passage not only challenges us to persevere, it also reminds us of the farming process and the cycle of different seasons. There is a time to plow or prepare the ground in the winter which is followed by planting the seed. Once the crops are planted, the farmer looks for the spring rains to provide nourishment for the crops. The farmer understands that weeds will need to be pulled throughout the spring season. The sun of summer stimulates the plant and then the harvest time comes. In today’s world we tend to forget these different seasons due to the advances of our culture. Most of us no longer raise our own food. We just go to the store and pick up fruit and vegetables year-round. As this season of separation from one another continues, may we recognize that it is just that – a season. Let us learn some lessons from this time as we move forward.

Once the restrictions are lifted, give some thought to the following:

  • Evaluate areas that need to return to a normal routine.
  • Determine which new processes started during the pandemic need to continue.
  • Celebrate the harvests that occurred during this season – both large and small.
  • Remember the importance of meeting together and don’t take this for granted.

May God bless you as we move through this pandemic season!

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