Earlier this month I was pondering the times we are in, and saying quiet prayers for our
government and leaders. I shortly thereafter transitioned to praying that all the challenges being
endured amidst this pandemic would “count for something good someday.” And as quickly as
those words rolled out of my mouth, I was reminded that there was good to see even in that
I stopped to reflect on that mental shift; and to absorb what it meant amidst our current reality.
And I landed here - that our prayers must change, so that we could more fully experience all of
the good that God is working on the earth right now. As such, my new prayer is this - that God
would open my eyes to see the good in the NOW.
2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Which encourages
me, and now I’m encouraging you - to assess this world, and especially your personal world
through the lens of God and His Word. When we only go by what we physically see, our wants
seem urgent and life-altering; and we potentially do not even notice our masked neighbor’s
more pressing needs.
I don’t know about you but since March when the U.S initiated a response to the pandemic I
never anticipated it would persist in some way beyond 2 months. And now as we near the half-
year mark, I realize there is absolutely no point in waiting for the pandemic to be over to live,
laugh, love, and serve.
We might as well do all of those things right where we are. Let’s rise up from pity partying and re-align our lines of vision so that we perceive more accurately. Let’s decide to more regularly move with intention and purpose, without grumbling. And like the pictured wildflower that I
encountered on an evening walk recently, we absolutely can blossom right in the middle of what looks to be unfavorable surroundings.