Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. -Janes1:2-5
Navigating our way through a global pandemic is probably not what any one of us thought we would be doing in 2020. Depending on what article you read or news you hear, it’s even a bit difficult to discern what deserves our attention. Medical professionals are fairly consistent about the practices of health and preventing spread of infection. Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you are going into public spaces, a temp check and a mask may help you prevent spread if you are carrying COVID19 but don’t have symptoms. Get outside – enjoy the sunshine and fresh air; take a walk; go fishing; eat right and reduce your stress level throughout the day. And don’t forget to wash your hands:)
The more people and places we are around, the more likely we are to come in contact with the virus. So stay as healthy and strong as possible. Take care of your immune system. Help your neighbor, especially those who may not be able to get out of the house. Fear is not needed; wise and practical living for the situation is warranted. Many generations before us have lived through times of disease and difficulty. It will pass, but for right now, we have to navigate our way through it.
The reopening of businesses and public places brings a host of questions and opinions are not hard to find. But wisdom is not illusive when it is asked for in faith. Each business, every family, our specific communities, churches and people are all in a different situation. COVID19 may not be an issue for you, but it may be for your neighbor. Your family may have needs that are very different from others. There are a host of other life events unfolding that have nothing to do with the pandemic, and all are tempered by the presence of an illness that is new for all of us. Maybe your family has been blessed by the change of pace and priorities; while others hold private funerals and are faced with grief they never imagined experiencing. We must give one another grace in these days.
We are all seeking what is wise and best for right now. Decisions are made as that discernment is clear. God is generous to offer us wisdom when we ask. The LORD delights in a humble approach that indicates we are both in need of divine help and that we trust God to provide it.
Solomon was young when he took his leadership role as king. He didn’t have the wisdom needed for the task ahead of him, so he asked God. And God responded. (I Kings 3:7-9)
Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?
The wisdom we need today is accessible. As we persevere through whatever circumstances our lives hold right now, the blessing of spiritual maturity is being woven into every part of our being. That maturity and wisdom will serve us well for the rest of our lives. Perhaps, the wisdom being offered us right now will be one of the greatest gifts of our time. What’s on your Monday dashboard? Got any time or space to seek wisdom?
God, you know each person’s situation and every community’s need. We ask for your divine wisdom to guide every household and every community leader. We pray humbly and boldly for your Spirit to open our ears to your guiding voice. Remove whatever may be in our eyes that blurs our vision. Give us courage to follow you. Give us wisdom to discern the path for this week. And help us, God, to love each other well through this time. We need you LORD, and we trust you completely. Let it be.