This season has been difficult for many people and challenging for us in ways we were not expecting. There is fear, worry, and so much unknown. We’ve lost many things and opportunities. It feels as if the world had come to a grinding halt, like so much has ended and we sit, holding our breath, waiting for the wheels to start turning again and for life to begin to return to “normal.”
The other day, I was re-watching some of my favorite episodes of the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Some of you may be familiar with this show and some of its featured characters. Uncle Iroh is a character who offers guidance to many other characters through out the series and will drop these wise sayings and proverbs. In one episode he says, “Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.”
I was struck by this line and its applicability to our present circumstances. In a moment when it feels like life has stopped, this is a beautiful reminder that life continues even in the midst of crisis and hard moments. There are birthdays and anniversaries, game nights and church services. Just because life doesn’t look the same doesn’t mean life has stopped. We continue to celebrate and grieve, to connect with friends and family. Sometimes joy is harder to find, and worry harder to push back. But through it all, life goes on and God remains present and in control. I see this in the small things that give me joy in my days and how God uses things like quotes from cartoons to impact our lives. Pay attention to how the Lord is speaking. Seek out beauty. Invest in things that are life giving to you. As Romans 12:10 says, "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." In this season, I am trying to be intentional with this time. One of the best ways I have found to do that is through caring for those around me by sending cards or letters, by checking in through text and email. I would challenge you to think of ways you can be showing love to your family, neighbors, and friends.
I have been praying for peace and that fear would not mark this season. May God bless and keep you in this season. Remember to look to Him for peace and guidance as life happens and we continue to embrace it.