A Lockdown Reflection from Albania
Time. The only thing we cannot possess, yet we think we own it. We have a lot and then again we don’t, we make time and we buy time; it is the very thing we take easily for granted and misuse more often. We revolve, orbit around it, but seldom remember Who holds it in His hands. A few months ago, we had a calculated amount of time to pause and reflect on our lives, God, family, relationships, work, habits; we hurried and rushed towards scheduled meetings, made plans for tomorrow, booked flights, holidays; we didn’t even say goodbye to relatives thinking we’d spend time again and see them soon, little did we know the world as we know it, would pause.
Thanks to technological developments we can still do our jobs, learn, connect though not the same as before. This, leaving a lot of opportunities to master many skills, strengthen the relationships with our parents, siblings, spouses, children and most importantly God. Today, as it seems like we have all the time to sit down and rest at Jesus’ feet, remember His sacrifice and true promises, let us do so. Let Him examine and convict, work in us, open our eyes to see what really is going on in our hearts; let us be honest and sincere to God, bring Him our praise and worship like incense (Psalm 142:1-2), enjoy the time we are given to manage, by simply staying still before the Lord of all time, admiring His splendor and glory. Let us do that, while we are locked in our houses; remember where (Who) our real home is.
With this in mind, while some work from home, let it be with full integrity, remembering Whom we work for and what a wonderful opportunity this is to honour the living God (Colossians 3:23-24). As for those going to work everyday in situations such as this, now is the time we actually live the theology of work, shine bright for God and be brave, He is in control (Joshua 1:9). And let us one day at a time, lean on and abide in the Lord, hope for tomorrow and reflect from yesterday, but not live there anymore and yet. His mercies are fresh and new, His faithfulness is great; and even though the darkness deepens, the weeping and losses are many, joy comes in the morning, that joy is in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. May each sunrise, God’s true and real promises be our strength and may they be our resting place every evening.
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