Are you getting tired yet? Are you breathlessly waiting for life to return to normal? Have the blahs overtaken each day? As I’ve read and heard comments about these days, certain categories of coping or trends often appear:
- I never realized that I was such a control freak.
- Dealing with all these uncertainties leaves me exhausted.
- Every day feels like a Sabbath day of rest.
- People are gaining weight.
But wait! Before we mentally leave this imposed confinement, can we take some time to evaluate some benefits? Are there some things that have become a part of your daily routine that you would like to retain? Have you come to any realizations about the way that you have navigated life previously that you would now do differently? Are there parts of life that you have missed and are confident that you will treasure when you can practice them again? Are your priorities the same?
I’d like to suggest something more for consideration while we’re in examination mode. I began thinking about what I have learned during this period of isolation as I read a review of a book by Steve Garber, The Seamless Life: A Tapestry of Love and Learning, Worship and Work. I look forward to reading the book. I’m not sure that I’ll be using particular verses as part of the evaluation the review prompted. I’d like to go to a broader organizing principle: Our lives are not meant to be lived in fragmentation; our worship, our work, our relationships, our play, and our interests are meant to be woven into the tapestry of how we live our lives, a cohesive expression of our humanity before God.
Here are some of my thoughts prompted by this organizing principle:
- God, as He exists in the Trinity, is the creator and overarching keeper of His creation.
- Out of His character flows a beautiful and perfect plumb line for order in all elements of His creation.
- Because of the Fall nothing is in alignment with God’s plumb line.
- Jesus came to earth to redeem the elements of creation, especially the humans whom God intended to tend His creation.
- As we all are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ as we trust Him as our savior, we are being put into alignment with God’s plumb line.
- As He works in us, every segment of our personality and our humanness – our worship, work, play, relationships, our interests – is in the process of being aligned with God’s plumb line.
- According to 1 Corinthians 15:28, after Jesus comes for His Church, He will present all of us to God so that God can totally be All in all of His creation, manifesting His glory without any opposition, the supreme indwelling and controlling factor of life; all things will be subject to Him.
Such a thought is gloriously beyond imagination!
Are the various elements of your life – worship, work, play, relationships, and interests – cohesive and balanced?