I am kind of rethinking this whole “stay-at-home” deal. Don’t get me wrong, I am in support of doing whatever is necessary to slow the spread of this virus. I’m thinking more in regards to our life in general. At the beginning of all this, the first few days the Rushings were forced to be at home, my soul felt a confusing relief that was honestly more powerful than the disappointment of not leading worship or being with folks in our normal rhythm. Then there was the novelty of figuring out how to minister and meet and communicate, etc. Now it seems that things are getting dangerously close to the same pace as pre-corona, just using online means to be together. I’m thinking and praying about what this is and how we are to respond. I have been reminded that
“…Jesus told His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?'” (Matthew 16:24-26 ESV)
I don’t want to waste this season, but I don’t think the answer is activity (online or otherwise). What about your soul? Certainly that applies to those who have not surrendered to Jesus as Lord and Savior, but for us who know Him, what about your soul? Is it well? Healthy? Sick? Tired? Haggard? Is your soul searching for something to numb your sensitivity? Sensitivity to your own need? God meets us in that sensitive place. We are truly not alone because He is pursuing us in the busyiness and in the quiet. What if this week, as we approach Resurrection Sunday God is pursuing you because He wants to calibrate us into His way. His rhythm of life. Life!
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
I pray your weekend of remembering the death and resurrection of our Savior is sweet and full of life for your soul.