by: Tim Olson
"The New Normal"
I really dont even like typing that title to be honest. It's been over 5 months since our daily lives had been impacted by the pandemic. Many have different opinions about how dangerous Covid is, I am not interested in debating that anymore. Mainly because I have to depend on unreliable data impregnated with opinions. The news being given to us has been filtered and twisted so much that it is difficult to see whats really true and what is a lie. One thing that I see is the "normal" we were used to in our daily lives is growing dimmer everyday. While we are trying to make the best of a situation during this difficult time and hold things in proper perspective as well; it still is difficult at best, yet there is room reserved in my mind that things could be worse.
The one feeling that I think is common to everyone is we all have a longing desire to get back to what we used to do when things were "normal". The issue with that is there will be a new normal. That doesnt sit well with many and possibly strikes fear in hearts with anxious feelings related to uncertainty.
I am reminded of Romans 8:18-23 that all of creation is groaning and longing to get back to what creation was supposed to be. When God created in the Garden of Eden it was perfect as God intended it to be. Sin, however, has marred that creation and since then God has been in the process of restoring. The restoring process can be painful and a struggle and this is what we see in our world right now. We see suffering, injustice, violence, hatred, disease, and death. All of these challenges are the direct result of sin. God is in the process of setting things right and restoring the creation to its original design and creation cannot wait for that process to be complete. We are also told in verse 23 that we as human beings created in the image of God are waiting for the adoption process to be complete when we receive our heavenly bodies free of sickness, death, and decay and when we live with our Father in Heaven and with our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ forever. When a child goes through the adoption process, the process is complete when the papers are signed and the child goes to live with his/her new family. The cross and resurrection were acts of God signing those papers taking us from where we were and our inheritance apart from Him and welcoming us into His family. That process is complete when Christ comes again and takes His people to live with Him forever. We are eagerly waiting for that day and groaning in this life. God is faithful and He will sustain us and increase our faith and our ability to trust Him. May we look to Him in these days and experience His presence and peace.
Take a look at this video sung by Shane & SHane for some proper outlook on this scripture.
Love to all.