Some random thoughts about the pandemic:
I first encountered sidewalk dining in Europe in 1970. It was love at first sight. I loved being outdoors; I loved watching the world walk by; I loved the open feeling it gives you versus being trapped in a cramped, noisy room. Now suddenly everyone has sidewalk dining whether they want to or not. Actually, here in California, it’s the only way a restaurant can do business. Parking your car is now a little more challenging since parking spaces in front of restaurants have turned into another row of tables. One block in the center of our town has been closed off to traffic so the whole street can accommodate platforms and tables for several restaurants. It’s actually kind of nice — one of the few things about this pandemic that is.
Others might be zoom meetings (they’re easier to set up and attend), less traffic (commute times have been cut in half), more isolation (if you like that sort of thing), and more online shopping (good for Amazon; not good for the mom-and-pop store in town). I have a feeling some things will be permanently changed. Many people are out of work; businesses have shut down. Still others have gotten creative about how they carry on their businesses or start new ones.
So I am now having my first Starbucks in at least a year. It’s not quite the complete experience but it’s close; there are no tables and chairs set up outside so I’m in my car, but I’ve got my latte and coffee cake next to me. It feels a little like a partial thaw. Four weeks to spring training. Will they open up the games to a limited-capacity audience? I just emailed my Angels ticket guy to get me in line for a couple of games in case they do.
We want to go back to the way things were. We want to be safe. We may not get to do both.
Most of all, I just want to see people’s faces. I’m thinking of the C.S. Lewis book: Till We Have Faces. Though I’ve never read it, the title seems apropos. The truth of the matter is, if we did or we didn’t have faces, who would know? Anyway, we won’t fully have faces until we see Jesus face-to-face. That’s when you’ll get yours and I’ll get mine. And won’t that be glorious?
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18