Social Distancing Security
by: Al Robertson
Louisiana people have a mind of their own. When the governor of our state issues a stay-at-home order, that is a very clear signal to a lot of the folks I’ve known my whole life to get in their rigs and hit the roads. They’re all over the place around here.
Maybe I’m wrong, but that may be why our coronavirus numbers here in Northeast Louisiana are above average.
On the other hand, there are people like me — I have no desire to come in contact with the coronavirus. In fact, for the rest of my life I will cast a wary eye toward anyone who had the misfortune to have parents who named them Rona. I want nothing to do with anything COVID-19. No way, no how.
I guess what we cautious ones are looking for is some kind of protection against what could be a deadly disease. At best, it can make a person so sick that they think that death is only a gasping breath or two away. So yes, we are taking precautions, not wanting to meet this beast of a virus that snuck its way past our secure borders.
But let’s be brutally honest here. In spite of your best efforts, an invisible virus can worm its way into your sinus cavity and lungs, and before you even know what hit you or where it came from, you’re as sick as a dog. And if it’s not the virus, it will be something else at some other time that takes you out.
The point is, in terms of indefinitely holding off death, we are looking for something that doesn’t exist. There is no real security — only prolonging the inevitable. It’s going to happen, one way or another.
This is why Lisa and I, once we realized that our lives were not really in sync with God’s will, decided to make renewed commitments to seek God more diligently and honestly. As I said a few blog posts ago, we were alarmed at how far we had drifted from our original commitment to give our heavenly Father complete dominion over our lives.
So we made this commitment once more, and we make it every day now. We make it individually and we make it together. Daily, we renew our vows to our Father in heaven and to one another. The reason we do this is that we understand (finally) that we “ain’t got time” for anything less. We now have a sense of urgency about our relationship with each other and with others (that we want to impact for the kingdom) that we never had before. We’ve been to the brink, and we don’t want to go back.
So let me share a few pearls of wisdom from scripture to encourage you to seize the moment presented by this slow time in our lives.
“…if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross DAILY and follow after me.”
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…so that your DAILY life may win the respect of outsiders.”
(I Thessalonians 4:11-12)
“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
(2 Corinthians 4:16)
The point is, there’s no security outside of a radically committed relationship to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If you and I think for one moment that we can find peace and fulfillment anywhere other than with the one who died and was raised from the grave for us, we would be tragically mistaken. Some of us have been practicing social distancing from Jesus for too long.
But deciding to surrender to Christ is not a one-and-done decision. Instead, it’s the daily surrender of our lives to Christ’s care and control that changes our lives. And it’s a struggle, not because Christ isn’t qualified to give our lives direction but because our natures naturally seek independence and self-reliance.
So in the midst of this global pandemic, when so many are wringing their hands and allowing fear and dread to overwhelm them, let me encourage you to to seek Christ. The carnage that COVID-19 is unleashing on the physical bodies of millions in the world is tragic. However, for those who allow God’s voice to speak through the hysteria, well, we will find peace we never new possible.