Daily Devotional – Thursday, April 1, 2021
“Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourselves to prayer.” (Romans 12:12, VOICE)
I’ve got to admit, that this morning’s news that Ontario is going into a modified month-long lockdown beginning in two days feels like a bit of an April Fool’s joke…but it really is no laughing matter. In fact, I suspect that this third wave of the coronavirus with its variants is going to provide us with our greatest test in patience yet. Over the past year, the need for patience has been hammered home time and again; unfortunately, like any repetitive noise, at some point we can become deaf to it. Some people will panic anew, others are likely to throw all caution to the wind. Neither response is truly helpful. We must find the fortitude to be patient…again. Just as a spring snowfall can bring irritation (something many of us woke up to this morning), this renewed need for lockdown will undoubtedly cause an increase in irritation. Many will jump into ‘blame’ mode.
This morning, can I suggest a different approach. Just as there is absolutely nothing we can do to escape spring snow, aside from traveling to warmer climes, what is needed is a practical recognition and acceptance that what is happening across the globe needs more time before a resolution is possible. We all know that eventually summer will come, but there is nothing we can do to speed up the process. Restrictions will end, but trying to speed up the process will not work. Time and patience are what are most needed. After living with COVID-19 for over a year, some of us have forgotten the uniqueness of the times in which we are living…and our need to change…our need for patience. The longer we resist, the longer it will take for a resolution, which aside from a miracle of God, is still months away. So my advice? Stay the course. Summer is coming. We’re one day closer than we were yesterday to being able to more freely enjoy life again. Hang in there!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!