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Pastor’s Perspective 10-06-2020

To say COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and that things are less than ideal would be a huge understatement. I mentioned a couple of Sundays ago that our daughter-in-law in California has decided to homeschool her oldest two… with a wide open 2-year-old loose in “the classroom.” Their father is also taking all his Naval Postgraduate School classes online from home at least through December. Did I mention they live in a one level three bedroom house which puts them all in close quarters 24/7? This past weekend, Carson (6) asked his dad why he wasn’t doing his homework. Our son replied with a question:  would you rather play or do homework? Carson said, play! His dad said, me, too, but I have to do my homework eventually. Carson rolled his eyes and said, “Yeah, because you’re not the boss of everyone like Jesus is.”

The Bible gives us some insight into how to live in times like these. One of those places is in a letter Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to God’s people in exile in Babylon (Jeremiah 29:4-14). The gist of that letter says several things. Don’t put your life on hold any more than it already is. Build houses. Settle down. Plant gardens. Marry and have children. Live life in the present to the best of your ability. You’re going to be here for a while. Life is too precious to waste another day wishing things were different or waiting for things to change. “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have called you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” That charge speaks not only to the coronavirus, but the state of affairs across our country, and the upcoming election. We need to be praying diligently for peace and prosperity in our country. For all of our sake!

Finally, we need to hold the long view. I realize this virus has lasted longer than any of us would like and we’re still not out of the woods yet. But this is only for a season. It, too, will pass. Our God has not abandoned His throne. He sees everything going on in His creation. More important, He knows the plans He has for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us hope and a future. After all, as my 6-year-old grandson recently reminded us, Jesus is the boss of everyone. He will have the final say.

See you Sunday! ~ John