As cases begin to soar in the US during this pandemic, we are all bombarded with images and words that cause fear and trepidation for many of us. I do believe that in spite of what we are witnessing, we must recognize God’s handiwork. I just finished reading the book, The Shack, and I was blown away by its content. It really challenged my perspective of God. So often we limit God’s infinite ability based on our limited view and perspective. It is so interesting that the year 2020 is about vision. 20/20 vision is a term used to express sharpness or clarity at a distance. As much as we focus on this as the ideal vision, it is not complete if areas such as side vision, eye coordination, color or depth perception are also at work. We have spent more time paying attention to things in the distance that we’ve ignored what is in close proximity. So many things we are experiencing have existed but they were not in our view for whatever reason.
I believe the pandemic is an opportunity for all of us to have clarity about what is important in our lives. It is a time to dream about possibilities in the face of such uncertainty. And yet, we do know there are so many promises God offers that we must hang on to even when we doubt or find ourselves afraid. Remind yourself of what God has done for you and bring those memories to your remembrance to give you clarity on what has been done before.
God is still at work and working in us. God places in each of us desires and dreams. I hope that you are seeking God in this time for revelation, guidance and direction. The fact that God has placed the world on pause is truly a wake up call for us to become more clear on our purpose and passion. It’s time for all of us to become more intentional about God’s design for our lives.
In our world, social media has become a place that we are drawn to in order to feel connected and a part of community. For many, it is a place to receive validation and affirmation. Although it can provide that, in this season I would caution you to be discerning about what you share.
The Bible says, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6 NIV) Right before this passage, Jesus is sharing about judging others. In this passage, we must judge situations that we are faced with. A loved one recently shared on Facebook something personal and although the intention was good, the impact could have had far reaching consequences that may have been negative. Your pearls are worn close to your heart. If we share information with dream killers, what was sacred becomes damaged and possibly destroyed. Be careful of who you chose to share your vision and dreams with. If they are reckless (like the dogs or pigs in the scripture) or messy, they are not going to give the care and concern. Constructive criticism is always welcomed but if the heart is not well, their response won’t be either.
It’s time to dream even as we pivot in this new normal. Seek God for clarity, for vision, and who should even be a part of it.