My greatest fear about this Coronavirus is not catching it. Nor is it a crashed economy, losing my retirement savings or government over-reach. I suppose any of those things could happen with powerful consequences. But my greatest fear is that at the end of this extraordinary time of disruption I will not have experienced the full transformation God is trying to work in me.
Just as the prodigal son was changed by his social isolation among the pigs, I believe God wants to change us during these difficult days: challenging our assumptions, exposing our passivity, and supercharging our impact upon the world. In the distant land the wayward son awakened to his sorry condition, remembered his father’s kindness, and realized that he was squandering his life in a dead-end routine among pigs.
We were born to change the world; every one of us, or perhaps more precisely to make a Kingdom difference in the little portion of the world around us. C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “Enemy occupied territory, that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed… and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” (Or… if you prefer Kanye West, “We were born into a broken world, and we are the cleanup crew.”)
The question I keep returning to day-after-isolating-day is, “What am I doing at this moment to make a difference in the world?” These exceptional times are not for treading water or entertaining ourselves until the coffeeshops, churches and restaurants open again. These long hours are God’s gift to us; a “time out” to consider our ways, our purpose, and the imprint we could be leaving upon the world.
It pains me to think I’ve had a slow start in coming fully on board, but I’m engaging this morning in what may be the latter days of our confinement, hoping I’ve not squandered too much precious time.
Updating this blog is one response I’m making this morning. What are some of the actions God is calling you to?