Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I take manners and common courtesy very seriously. I believe in some ways showing good manners and common courtesy should be a prerequisite before graduating out of elementary school.
Lately we are focusing on what we have lost. We are thinking about things which are closed or cancelled. I miss eating dinner out or going to the movies. I miss church and baseball games. But do you know what hasn’t changed? The things which are not man-made. Think about it. We still have snow, rain, and spring. The trees are blooming, birds are singing, and children continue to grow. We have our beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams. The oceans are still deep and wide. The mountains still stand with strength and majesty. We have canyons, cows, and fields of corn. Wildflowers are blooming. Babies are being born. And people are still falling in love and helping others. Things which God put in place are still in place. Look around you at the exquisiteness of life. Factories may be closed, businesses may be closed, and schools may be online, andthese things are hard. Really hard. But these things are all man-made. Nothing God put in place has changed. The stars still shine. The sun and moon continue to stay in their places, and frogs still croak at night from their lillypads. Don’t forget that although we have had to say goodbye to a few things the past few weeks, some things are here to stay. We can be thankful for those things. Life will eventually return to normal or as close to normal as it can be after this pandemic passes. We will be able to enjoy the man -made things in life once more when they return. Such as going to a baseball game,(preferably the new Rangers stadium) hearing the noise of the large crowd with the smells of hot dogs and popcorn in the air, hearing the crack of the bat as the crowd goes wild, going to the movie theatre, a sit down restaurant—but in the meantime, lets enjoy the things that are not man-made. Seeing the beauty that God has created in all aspects of life and knowing that he reigns supreme.
I find it interesting how certain events have a tendency to expand our vocabulary. I can’t recall using the words such “asympomatic,” “anecdotal ,” and “pandemic” so prolifically as in recent weeks. Covid-19, social-distancing, flatten-the-curve, safeat-home, and contact-tracing are terms I certainly won’t miss hearing or saying. Habits and behaviors changed in a matter of a single day. Handshakes and hugs have vanished. Curb-side pickup is all the rage. Eating home-cooked meals returns as a necessity. Online and drive-in church has emerged as a means of holding congregations together. Schools, governments, and businesses have been closed. Twenty-two million people have lost their jobs in a matter of a couple of weeks. Now, there are plans for how to “safely” open up our economy again.
As Christians we are called to guard our hearts from doubt and unbelief, for it can rise up in the hearts of even the most faithful of all Christians. The Lord, as a way of reminder, has preserved the historical record of his servant Zacharias for us to read and understand. Zacharias was called into the priesthood in a time of utter darkness in Judea. King Herod, a tyrant, ruled with an iron fist and had no regard for anyone. He was exacting funds from the Jewish people through the heavy taxation in order to build extravagant buildings. He was more concerned about building his kingdom, and he openly and unashamedly held control over the temple and the priesthood for his own political purposes. He sought to elevate himself as a supreme leader in the eyes of the people as if he was God, Himself.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Sitting here in my home under a shelter in place order with the windows open, listening to the birds sing and the warm caress of a 75-degree breeze blowing through the house I can’t help but think of the very first verse in the Bible.