I hear a lot of talk these days about getting back to normal.
When everyone is vaccinated, when the virus is over, when people are back at work, when everything opens……we will get back to how it was, the ‘good old days’.
I remember a time in my life when all I could think about was getting ‘back to normal’. Our daughter was ill, my mom had suffered a stroke, we were dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury, jobs were changing, and all I could focus on was fixing everything to get back to normal. The days were scary and frantic; I wanted normal.
In the middle of the chaos, I felt God nudge my heart. A clear thought surfaced – there is no such thing as normal.
I wanted normal. I wanted the sickness and the pain to go away. I wanted pre-stroke. I wanted pre-injury. I wanted my life back!
God, though, in His wisdom offered me the day. He offered strength. He offered grace. He offered peace in the storm.
Day by day and moment by moment, He was changing me. I could not go ‘back to normal’, because I was becoming a different person than I was when everything began.
Every day, God was teaching me that He is enough.
Today, I know that we will never return to ‘normal’ – whatever normal is. People who go through difficulties and trials are changed, forever, and that can be a good thing.
We cannot recapture normal,
but we can catch today.
we have access to the God of the Universe through His Son Jesus Christ. We have redemption and grace. We have His love to get us through, and the offer of His peace in the middle of the mess. We have opportunities and people who need a smile or a kind word or a helping hand.
We do not have time to waste on longing for the illusive normal – the past that looks better in hindsight than it may have been.
Let’s lay hold on today, whatever its challenges, and move forward in faith.
Ephesians 3: 20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Photo – Smiling Pansies, Beth Mims