Although our "Why" series is over, there are plenty of questions that remain. Hundreds of thousands infected, millions with health worries, financial disruption, and worries of the future abound. Socially, it seems that everything has been closed. Jobs, mortgages, and even friendships seem fragile at this time.
We must--as I led last week from questioning the problem of pain--make space for these questions. And, we must reevaluate many of the things we held essential.
What has happened is that our paradigm, or the way we look at our reality, has shifted. Sometimes paradigm shifts are positive: marriages, births of children, and the like. Sometimes they are forced and are uncomfortable. We are in one of those right now. But the timing and manner in which we perceive reality will impact all facets of your life!
How can you make space and cry out and weep to God for deliverance fro this virus? Pastor Chris is creating a weekly Psalm video to do just that.
How can you be the Hands and Feet of Christ to those around you? Volunteers are handing out food at Roper this Friday from Hope Church.
Where can you make a shift in your thinking that time in solitude can be a good--great--God filling thing? May our virtual service at 10am be radically different feeling for you.
How can you vibrantly pray for peace and for God to move?
While I can't give you exactly how and when you should feel in any certain moment, I do know this: We must constantly change our paradigm in this season.
Scripture gives the same encouragement to seek the Lord for this timing from an unlikely source. Esther, who was picked to be Queen of an Emprire that took over the Jews, has the chance to deliver her captured people or to keep silent and see them perish. It is Esther's cousin Mordecai who tries to make her see her paradigm vastly differently than her complaints earlier in the chapter:
"12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
We will not know precisely why this has happened over the course of 4 months in our world. Maybe there will never be a clear answer. But the people of Hope can take the same mentality in times of sadness and times of service. In times of mourning and times of celebration in this unknown period.
Listen for God's voice in how to respond. The Spirit moves in our emotions helping us at times to groan prayers and at other times speak unknown languages to convey God's truth and love.
For such a time as this...maintain hope, Hope.
We will maintain office hours as closet o normal. Please know that Hope's staff, including myself, want to be virtually and physically present in this time! We have an opportunity to show the world where our Hope lies in a powerful, paradigm shifting way in this season!