What was normal before COVID-19 rocked us all? I truly believe we all desperately want our world to be healed, but what is the “normal” we are waiting to get back to? What desires are driving us to escape our feelings of uncertainty? We all want that sigh of relief. We all want that day to come where, if we want to, we can buy an airplane ticket to Fiji, or even more luxurious, enter a supermarket with fully stocked toilet paper. Are we waiting to throw a gigantic party and celebrate the end of a “boring” few months? When you say, “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal” think about what that really means to you specifically. Does going back to normal mean only alotting the evening hours to our kids and families? Does this world really have compassion for the sick and other countries when there isn’t a pandemic to focus on? After this is over will countries resume their hate for each other, and disregard that we were all human together for a short while?
Although we were busy last month, we were still idle to the things around us. Scrolling through Facebook is just as popular now as it was before there were Coronavirus updates to check on. It is a convenient source for news, and the memes keep our spirits up, surely, but it still has the power to distract us from a huge opportunity that we all have to unite together. It is admirable that teachers, entertainers, and even normal “Joes” are using the Internet to spread hope during this time, but I shudder to think about what happens when this is all over. The hope and the unity will be quickly forgotten and dismissed. The news will quickly shift from a world united by quarantine to 2020 election mudslinging. What about in Venice, Italy where the water is more clear now, and dolphins have returned? What happens when they go back to normal there? Will the restored beauty not be enough to drive the apathy that created murky waters?
Don’t misunderstand this blog as a message of despair. I, myself, can’t wait to whisk my kids away to something super fun and exciting outside the four walls of our home. Staying home has taken it’s toll on me, and I know the day this pandemic is over, there will be so much joy in this world, it will be amazing! My intention is to help people realize that we have a gift. Do not wait until the quarantine is over to do good and to let out the same amount of joy that comes from attending a sporting event or taking a family vacation. If we start fueling the joy now, it will grow. Define a new normal where love and encouragement is so strong that all the noise of the world will be just a hum; a tiny mosquito that comes to annoy and suck life from you, but you have the power to swat it away and live a life with purpose. Don’t let the quarantine continue to live in you spiritually after it is lifted physically. We have all been quarantined longer than we think we are. Change your life now, before the “normalcy” returns. Don’t allow it to mess with your brain and compell you to continue staying put. Use this time you have with your family to grow closer. Don’t stop spreading the good in the world. Keep believing that the panic will die down and the financial woes will end. And if you haven’t already, turn to Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Nothing is impossible for Him. His promises are not lies.
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.
So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin]
Matthew 3:8 AMP