“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
All events, encounters, experiences, big and small, global and local, come and go but something stay – their affects – in all aspects of life; and they call for a change with a chain-reaction for better or for worse. A tiny virus has halted the entire world and put us all on pause whether we want to or not, and is no respecter of persons as no one is untouchable. And it demands change in all strata of life from the youngest to the oldest, the innocent and the wise.
One lesson we can glean from the Coronavirus is vigilance – watchfulness! A quality Jesus teaches often, especially with regard to the Kingdom of God. Be looking out for the microorganism of Heaven in our midst which is at work for the betterment of souls and the greater good of mankind. Be looking out for God in our midst as His Presence is often small, silent and unexpected.
What must we do? Covid 19 has affected global and local change from social to relational to emotional to economical to ecological to political – no aspects of life is unaffected – and that’s how God comes to us, in all of life! Jesus teaches that we stay awake and be prepared for we know not when He will come but when He comes, it will be swift and unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. This is the season for honing our senses for the things of God for He is with us. Not all storms come to disrupt life, some come to clear the path. To bring about a reordering of a disordered world. To create greater gratitude for God whose persistent love keeps intercepting our path to help us see Life for what it truly is and to walk in its Way and live its Truth.
What must we do? Dialogue with God and be listening in for what He is doing in your life and how you are responding to the invitation. A time to come away for reflection, for pondering, for listening and for waiting on God – the raw material of recognizing God with us and coming to us in daily life.
Frodo has decided. What will you decide with the time given you?