Before we get too busy again, let’s take a moment to give thanks. Let’s worship the Lord.
Before we get too engrossed with getting our hands full again, let’s just stop and offer praise and thanksgiving.
Has God made a way when you couldn’t see your way? Have you experienced divine provisions? Are you alive? OK, so let’s magnify the Lord. Offer the Lord the biggest praise.
The international pandemic somewhat resembles the Biblical narrative of Noah’s ark in Genesis 8. Noah obediently stayed in the ark, until God called him out. Noah, his family and the animals eventually left the ark.
It is important to note that as soon as Noah came out of the ark, he built an altar as an act of worship.
According to Genesis 8:20, “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord...” Noah’s first act after leaving the ark was to worship God (through the sacrificial offering of animals). Noah appreciated God’s power and reverenced Him, and the Lord made a creation covenant.
What have we experienced?
Well, on the other hand, “not being too busy” can equate to flowing blessings, for there have been opportunities to know that God is yet in charge, have less hectic schedules, strengthen the family unit, bring home-cooked meals back to the kitchen table, focus on health, enjoy outdoors, dream, appreciate what really matters, do more yardwork and trust in the Lord instead of material possessions. And did it take a pandemic? Let’s strive to limit being “too busy.”
And for clarity, there is no attempt to suggest that now is the appointed time for the celebration of a pandemic finale; however, many are endeavoring to resume varying degrees of normalcy, but don’t forget God in the process. Green-light, data-informed executive orders have been modified to ease restrictions, and we worship the Lord for His grace and mercy.
Thus, before we get too busy again, let’s remember how far the Lord has brought us. Present your body as a living, holy, acceptable sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Dedicate yourself to His service. Exalt the Lord!
Sing, choir: “Jesus, I’ll never forget what You’ve done for me. Jesus, I’ll never forget how You set me free. Jesus, I’ll never forget how you brought me out. Jesus, I’ll never forget, no never. How can I forget?”
Good old-fashioned advice: In an ambitious society, we feel the need to be always doing something. Sometimes finding a seat is also doing something. Know when to be seated and quiet.
Prayer: Lord, we worship You in the good times and challenging life experiences. We offer the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). Thanks for sacrificing Your only begotten Son. Lord, we acknowledge You in all our ways, so direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6). In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.