My friend Eric shared an observation with me recently. He simply stated “today isn’t yesterday.” He shared that apt observation as we talked about the unusual months experienced by our nation (and world). COVID-19 has brought sickness, certainly; but that is not all it has introduced. To name just a few of its other offerings, I will mention:
- closed gyms.
- empty playgrounds.
- take-out-only eating.
- all schools transitioning to "home school."
- college students back home.
- toilet paper hoarding.
- record-setting hand washing.
Clearly the past several weeks have not, in great part, been Ordinary. However, they have served as opportunities to place our everyday (not so) ordinary lives before God as an offering. We learned how to adjust to different schedules. We realized just how much we crave human interaction. We discovered how to do everyday things in new ways. We encouraged our friends and family members (biological and church) to use technology for great causes. And, most importantly, we were reminded of the importance of trust.
In his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul wrote of hope. He referred to the "rest of mankind, who have no hope." Christians have hope. Because we have hope, we can trust God for today and for tomorrow. Today isn't yesterday, and neither will tomorrow be today.