In these challenging and difficult times in light of the pandemic, we may feel paralyzed by the enormity that surrounds us. The gravity of this pandemic may even drive us to further isolate or perhaps wonder what can be done to make a difference. I find myself turning to several New Testament stories where Jesus’ disciples initial response to challenges, were to seek guidance from The Rabbi, The Teacher, The Messiah. Then carefully, they were directed towards a path they had to notice.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…the Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:1-3,7 NIV)
In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 14, Jesus summoned Peter to come out of the boat and walk on water towards Him, to keep his gaze on The Savior. Jesus said “Fear not.” We are now living weeks and months of uncharted territories with this global disaster. Our focus remains on God’s mission through the winds, the storms, the deserts and rocky paths. Do we notice missional opportunities around our neighborhoods/communities (near and far)? Do we notice Jesus in our neighbor?
Do you see the beautiful drawings of flowers on the bench in front of this free library? May they make a school aged child or adult looking for a place to sit for a minute or two, have access to a free reading book.
A free outdoor little pantry in a residential neighborhood. Do you see the diverse items being offered? May the lunch or dinner table offer healthy choices to our hungry brother and sister.
Welcoming words in multiple languages to express full engagement. How do we acknowledge the others on the sidewalk, walking six feet ahead or behind, or six thousands miles away?
May we be encouraged to notice “the other” with grateful hearts. God is giving us an opportunity to be Christ like, humble servant-learners.