I went for a short walk this morning just a little ways outside my house. I breathed in the crisp fresh air. No coronavirus there. I felt the warm sun radiate on my face contrasting with the cold air all around me, making me feel like I was standing in front of a radiator 93 million miles away. No virus there. I noticed the trees growing into each other, and the early spring flowers bunched together trying to beat each other in reaching for the sun. No social distancing there. I took in the clouds, billowing white and gray far above everything, uninfected. Out there on my street, in just a few things I could see of God’s creation, everything’s okay.
I think it does some good for us all to put this pandemic into perspective. There are places where the virus cannot go. The creation is still putting forth the praises of God. No one and nothing can stop the mountains from singing and the trees of the field from clapping their hands. I think it is good to be reminded of this when there is so much uncertainty around us that can cause so much fear and anxiety especially if you focus on it.
So be encouraged. Take time for what you never have time for. Call up someone. Text someone.
Guess who has been texting us? Our four-year-old granddaughter, Jocelyn. Wait until you see what she’s doing with her mother’s phone. Here’s a brilliant piece of four-year-old art.
And here is a message from Joci to all of us. Pay attention now… I want you to catch every word.
She is most definitely a princess…
But at night she moonlights as something else…
So keep calm. Connect. Stay positive. Take a walk. And be sure not to miss our second Wednesday night International Video Conferencing Bible Study via Zoom. Tomorrow’s Catch will have all the information about how to get on. And no worries if you don’t want to be seen. Just turn your camera off and you’ll still be with us. Let’s fill up the screen this time with people we love.