This month marks a full year since the pandemic first shut the doors of the Zion Church building. (March 15, 2020). Who would have imagined we’d still be dealing with Covid a full year later?
We’ve all grown weary of it. We really want to “get back to normal”. You know, like it was before the pandemic. Back when we could go where we wanted to, when we wanted to, with the people we wanted to. Back when we could complain about how busy we were.
Wait – was all that busyness really a good thing?
The pandemic has forced us to remember that we were not designed for a 24/7 life. And that reminder can grate on those of us who thrive on busyness.
When Jesus told people who were weary and burdened to come to him for rest, he was appealing to people who were weary of trying (and failing) to live up to God’s standards. But the same invitation is extended to hyper-busy American Christians who don’t know how to get off the hamster wheel.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” Get to know Jesus and do things the way he does; things like “Sabbathing.” Or like taking daily time with Jesus to let him remind you again how much you are loved, how to be free from the “tyranny of the urgent”, how to say “no” to a host of good things in order to say “yes” to the One who gives rest. Learning the rhythms of life, when to give it your all, and when to stop. To spend restful time with him.
Did it really take a pandemic to remind us that we’re not in charge, and that we should stop living as if we are?