We like to be in control, don’t we? We live among over-achievers in the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the world. We are people of faith who trust a God who is good and can make bad things better. We are Presbyterians whose historic mantra has been to live life “decently and in order”. We like to be in control. And here we are stuck in our homes for who knows how long? Even Planet Fitness, the library, and movie theaters are closed! If you are like me, your feet are getting very itchy. Gotta move…gotta move…gotta move…
Right now, Covid 19 is in control, there is little we can do about it except stay away from one another and don’t touch things and wash your hands, like, all the time. And if we don’t do it, more people will get sick, more people will die.
Do you remember these words of Jesus? He delivered them to his disciples as he approached Jerusalem, a hill called Golgotha, and a rough, wooded cross. Take a few minutes and ponder these words:
Jesus called the crowd and his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
In other words, if you want to be my disciple; give up control of your life. Give it to me. True disciples are not in control of their lives, Jesus is. And trust me on this, the life we get back is worth the sacrifice.
Let us hang in there together. Let us pray for one another. Let us pray for the world God loves.