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March 11, 2021 |
In my world, every day that I don't have COVID feels like I'm dodging a coronavirus bullet. It’s mentally tough, especially if you come across someone not wearing a face mask. I had to remove my mask for just a second for the TSA guard at Newark airport and felt very weird about it. When I saw my friend Natalie posted a video of her three daughters excited about their surprise trip to Disney, I had to stop and consider why she was proceeding with life as usual. Natalie and her husband suffered for weeks with COVID, so I can understand that traveling to the happiest place on earth only seems fitting.
There’s a toss-up of what can I do, what should I do, and what are they doing. Usually, I just choose to stay safe and stay in as much as I can, but boy it feels good to get out! I ventured into New York City and walked the High Line early last Sunday morning. The air was crisp and the city was waking up, you can tell it's healing from a difficult year. Small enclosed heated booths sat on the sidewalk in front of restaurants offering socially distanced seating, the new way to dine. It works. The vaccine distribution seems to be working too, even though the news overpowers us with numbers.
Deep down we’d like it all to go away. But life-changing lessons happen every minute during a pandemic, so I'd like to refresh that. God is good at being God, and He makes all things new. He is doing a new thing right now as you read this. Isaiah 43:19 says, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
Let's make the most of our minutes.