Embrace Your Inner Covid
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jer. 33:3)
Alright, I am not encouraging you to get the virus. But I am calling us to embrace this new challenge with renewed enthusiasm. John P. Weiss, in his article, “This Is How to Get Your Life Off Autopilot,” provides a roadmap for facing our new common challenge. Weiss claims, “We’re so comfortable we’re miserable.” There is a blessing in this virus. It is challenging us to face discomfort and move beyond the limits of our comfortable existence – and move to a more meaningful place.
When Jesus called the twelve Apostles it wasn’t to a more comfortable existence. I sometimes wonder if those Apostles knew the challenges that laid before them, if they would still have dropped everything and followed him. I would like to think so. Having Jesus in our life is so much more meaningful than a little extra comfort. I had a friend once ask if I made a mistake going into the ministry, when I could have made more money in another line of work. He asked while I was looking at his family’s Caribbean vacation. I said that even if I made more money, it would probably go to my pledge anyway. Through the years, I’ve felt more satisfaction from watching God at work in caring for others in Christ’s name, than in the one or two fancy vacations we’ve had.
Weiss continues by encouraging us to “Try new things.” Like the fishermen who dropped their nets and followed Jesus, we are called to drop our old, mediocre patterns of life and stretch our comfort zone. With the Coronavirus, we do not have a choice. We are being forced to try new things. I have been laughing at all the news shows trying to help the millions of people who never learned to cook. In a time when we are forced to remain isolated in our homes, knowing how to cook is an important skill. This is a time to keep learning new things.
For many of us, spending more time alone is a new thing. This will make us stronger persons. I am a people person; time alone has often felt draining. I get energized by people, and so much time alone feels like someone is siphoning my energy and joy from my body. Perhaps this virus and the necessary isolation will allow each of us to become more comfortable in our own skin. As we adjust to our new lifestyles, allow God to make us uncomfortable enough to try new things and make a greater difference in our world.