COVID-19 has initiated the celebration of some very unique milestones. For me, the most memorable was the day I sat between two of my grandchildren and read them a story for the first time since we began sheltering at home. We celebrated the relaxation of strict quarantine here in rural Maine with our little group of eight. As everyone feasted on pizza and whoopie pies, I prayed that I would never forget the joy of this reunion. And I began praying for grace to persevere.
A lot of ink has been spilled over the purposes of God in this season of world-wide pandemic. Deep roots in Scripture affirm God’s sovereignty and goodness, even in this, but what of God’s enemy, Satan? Certainly, the ravages of COVID-19 have been a source of great delight and entertainment to our ancient foe. Like many evangelicals, I look to C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters for perspective on the motives and machinations of evil. Lewis’s fictional correspondence between a senior devil and his nephew apprentice was set against a backdrop of World War II-era London, but Screwtape’s strategies are clearly unchanged.
Jim Elliot practiced a strong resolve I want to borrow in 2021: “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”Tweet
I’m arguing today for a posture of resilience and resistance to the negative messages that keep us in petulant, “Are We There Yet” mode. Since our timeline and ultimately our rescue from this enemy virus are truly in the hands of God, we can stay in the moment. Join me over at The Redbud Post where I’m grateful to be adding to a collection of essays focused on Good Out of the Pandemic.
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How has this huge social and cultural shift changed you and your family?
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Holding you in the light,
Screwtape’s strategies are unchanged: “The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers whenever there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.”Tweet
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