Written by Rachel Macdonald
We have been enjoying such beautiful weather, and I have appreciated having a garden albeit small in this time of lockdown. It has been a place to read books that never got finished, a place to hear nature get louder whilst traffic got quieter, watch the changes in the plants as winter gave way to spring. It has also been, a time of treasured conversation with my closest family members.
Today in one of these garden conversations I admitted to my children, “I fear everything just going back to normal”. I understand there will be others who are desperate for everything to get back to normal as quickly as possible, and there will be others, whose normal will never be the same again. I do not for a moment want to diminish the suffering and distress of so many at this time, and we too have had some testing days. Whatever end of this sliding scale you are on, it is ok to feel the way you do, but when something this big comes along, we tend to reflect on our lives, things we may have discovered , and how we continue to live personally ,and how to be the church in this new day.
So, for me personally, why do I fear everything going back to normal? This is what I could LOSE
Living more simply
Operating more creatively, learning new ways of working and connecting
Sensing Gods presence and hearing him more clearly
Extra time to enjoy family
Of course, it is largely our rhythms and habits that will determine how we live going forward, but our breakneck speed, consumer driven world just stopped for a while, and I found I did not miss it…
As we the church, continue to meet differently, we recognize there are things for the moment we have lost, but there are things to be gained. I am confident God is at work, and his kingdom advancing. Let us not be too hurried in bringing the old normal back, God may be wanting to do a new thing. I was reminded today by Sian Lowry about the Kingdom of God being like a mustard seed, a tiny seed is sown, yet it grows into a huge tree. God wants us to plant seeds of the kingdom everywhere we go, it is God who makes that seed grow. I finished reading Mark Comers book,” the ruthless elimination of hurry” (in the garden of course) and I find myself guilty of much of it, but am determined to live a life more akin to the one Jesus modelled . He lived simply, connected to the Father, empowered by the Spirit he ministered to the crowds and to the one. He invites us to live in the same way. Let us take some time to grieve our losses, discover our gains, listen, and move at Gods pace.
We are all included in this wonderful invitation from Jesus whether you are afraid of going back to normal, or eagerly anticipating it, let us not hurry, but be yoked with him in this new season.
Matthew 11v 28
Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.