It’s funny how things that used to bother us can somehow be missed later in life. For instance, I can’t tell you how many times this past winter I have wished for summer to come. “I won’t complain about the heat!” Last summer though, when it was 145 degrees with 100% humidity, I was wishing for winter!
This leads me to traffic. No, I don’t think that I would ever miss traffic, especially in Memphis. Can we agree that it is a bit strange though, to drive to the store with fewer vehicles on the road each day. Just yesterday we heard that bars and gyms need to close and restaurants are only able to do delivery and take-out. These are definitely strange days we live in and change is happening often. I am praying for those struggling with the virus, and also those who are out of work at this time.
It wasn’t but a few weeks ago and traffic on 240 was as crazy as ever! In fact, it was about two weeks ago that I had to wait in traffic on my way to work. For reference, I only live 3-4 minutes from my work...on purpose! I was frustrated and couldn’t wait for whatever it was holding us up to move on. As we merged, not so neatly into one lane, I saw what the delay was. They were fixing potholes!
Here I am, complaining about people who are fixing the very things all of us complain about. Potholes are just as bad as construction on the freeway. They finally get to the potholes that I drive over every day and I have the audacity to complain about that!
Have you been there?! Maybe you are there now. People are sick. Lives are being changed. Jobs are lost and small businesses are being shut down. And if I were honest, I have complained about having to stay at my house over my spring break. My house that still has air conditioning and heat, because in Memphis you never know which one you will need on each day! My house that has plenty of food and drink. My house that has beds, tv that works and plenty of toilet paper!
Why do we do this? Why do we complain like Israelites who grumbled so quickly after they left Egypt? Why do we resent the work God is doing in our lives because it isn’t happening the way we think it should? Don’t we know that all things work together for good? Don’t we know that every miracle starts as a problem? Don’t we know that pruning hurts but is necessary for growth?
We see a giant in this Covid-19 like the one David fought as a boy, but David saw an opportunity. We as the church have an opportunity to show the world that the church was never about a building.
The solution to our problem is inconvenient. So was the cross. Because of the cross the potholes in our heart can be filled. Because of it, we can find a new way to share the hope that we have. Don’t let what’s wrong keep you from doing what you know is right during this time.