Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Well, our lives certainly have changed quite a bit over the past couple weeks, haven’t they? Stores are closed or, if open, nearly empty (in terms of both people and products). Many have lost their jobs. Some are adjusting to working from home while simultaneously watching children. We’ve discovered that maybe other people aren’t that bad after all…as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from us.

These are uncertain times. But I am thankful that this season of difficulty has come during this season in nature. For those of us here in the northern hemisphere, spring is making its presence known. The sun, when it manages to fight its way out from behind the clouds, is a bit warmer. The birds have returned and are singing their lovely tunes of praise. The daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips are peeking up out of the ground, bringing life and color to our yards.

All around us are reminders of change, life, beauty, provision, and providence. These gems of nature know nothing of COVID-19. They are only doing what God has designed them to do. So too must we continue to do what God has designed us to do.

What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Westminster Confession of Faith, Question and Answer 1).

Yes, in many ways our faith is being tested. Some use this as an excuse to defy health and government authorities and continue to gather. This is wrong. Ultimately, perhaps the test of our faith lies not in gathering together when we’ve been told not to, but in whether we trust that Christ will continue to build His church in spite of the present circumstances.

Perhaps the test of our faith lies in finding those ways to continue to glorify God and enjoy Him in a world that increasingly reminds us that it is not our true home.

Well, I guess I owe you a list this week, don’t I? Here it is; enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • I’ve been really thankful for Dr. Fauci through all of this.
  • This is something I was reminded of this week as well. No matter what swirls around us, the birds are still singing, the flowers are still blooming, spring is still here, and God is still on His throne.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Is the pope becoming protestant?
  • This is why nonclinical and clinical trials matter. This is why it takes years to get a drug to market. Rules and regulations exist for a reason.
  • “Eventually, life ends in death.”
  • Honest thoughts for those who are experiencing a major interruption in their lives right now.
  • A fun way to pass the time!

I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.

Elisabeth Elliot
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