Be Careful What You Ask For

Covid 19 Update: Ask and you shall receive!

This morning as I prayed, I asked God for things to please return to normal. I miss my family, my friends, my church, my co-workers, and even my schedule. I long for a return to those things I love the most. I desire the freedom to roam, greet others along the path and minister the way I have for decades. But then, I regretted ever praying that prayer and asked God to lead me to discover a “new normal.”

Things will not and should not go back to the way they were, before the pandemic. Yes, some things will return. We will once again have the freedom to go to work, to church and lots of other places. We will be able to meet and greet people, and, even minister like we use to do.  BUT, we are learning a “new normal.” Let’s not lose it! Things like…

  • Worship in our home with our family.
  • A deeper and more meaningful time alone with God in Bible study and prayer.
  • Connecting with people in new and exciting ways.
  • Discovering new tools and resources that allow us to minister in ways we never thought possible before.

These are just a few of the “new normal” highlights.  Be careful of trying to go “back to normal” in your ministry. If you so, you will discover that there will be no room for the “new normal”.  I have learned that, previously, I did not adequately prioritize my time with my family, with God, with people and in using new tools and resources. Now, I need to find a “new normal” that incorporates all of the great things I have learned and new habits I have developed. I DON’T NEED THINGS TO GO BACK TO NORMAL.

God has allowed us to pass through this trial together. I could not handle this if it were not for my God, family, friends, co-workers and church. Why not allow yourself to learn a “new normal”–one that incorporates the priorities and areas of focus God has taught you during this season? Don’t long for the way things used to be. Instead, long for God to bring revival to the church and spiritual awakening to our country and our world.