Written by Laura O.
With so much happening in the world these days, I struggled putting together my thoughts for this article. Initially, my wilting peace lilies were sparking some thoughts but they never fully jelled. Then it hit me! I needed to reboot! Most people are familiar with computers in today’s day and age so let’s use some comparisons.
As a society, a nation, a world, we have been spiraling out of control. Too many “windows” are open causing us to be sluggish and leaving us vulnerable to things that would steal our peace of mind, our confidence, our identity and, yes, even plant a virus.
So what do you do? You call “tech support”. Typically, the first thing they will ask you to do is press Ctrl+Alt+Del and reboot your system. “How will that help?” you wonder, but you do it. Then (most times) an amazing thing happens! Windows start closing that you didn’t even realize were open. Background apps shut down that are leaving you open for the enemy to come in and spread its “virus”. That’s where we are today. We are staying home with our families, we are reminded of what truly matters and we are looking to God the author and finisher of our faith. Reports are indicating that for the first time in years you can see fish in the canals of Venice with boat traffic being reduced. There’s no smog hovering over Los Angeles. After just a few weeks!
While I have chosen not to live in fear of the pandemic that is gripping our world choosing instead to put my hope and trust in God and His will for my life, I am not naïve and there is no denying the impact this situation has had on EVERYONE and my heart breaks for the loss and suffering that many have endured. God, in his infinite love and patience is giving us a chance to “reboot”. Let’s pray it brings the desired result for us personally, our families, our country and our world.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Oh, and the peace lilies? Consider them to be a symbol of your spirit. They will let you know when they need a drink of Living Water!