Edit: Undo

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My new look. Does CJLA make masks yet?

As we all leaned on kitchen counters last night, rummaging for snacks and chatting about the day I had a question. If you know me, this is what I do. Ask questions.

“If you could choose one computer control for this pandemic, what would it be?”

Mine. Edit: Undo

I’m sure I’m not alone in those feelings, wanting to transport back a few weeks and carry on with life as we had predicted it would play out. We love the feeling of being in control of our circumstances, our days, our time off, where we buy our groceries.

I can’t buy cream anywhere and while it might seem a trite thing, I’m currently opting for no coffee over coffee without cream. It’s just not the same. (and perhaps my COVID  temper tantrum. Take that! If I can’t have cream, I won’t have coffee! Pray for my family.)

We know that the Lord could edit: undo this whole thing. We know that he could control x: and then paste and transfer our plans forward to the next chapter. But instead it’s as though He’s cleared the formatting and we’re not quite sure what to do about that.

Romans 8: 5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

If we’re honest our flesh gets the better of us a lot of the time, doesn’t it? Our mind playing what we wish was happening right now, how much better our plans were. We’re annoyed. I get it. I want my coffee with cream!

The only problem with this is that I believe in a Sovereign God who does not operate out of confusion or chaos but with plans and purposes. We don’t have a God fiddling with a keyboard who just can’t seem to get the right combo of keys to change this. So, what do we do with that?

All I can think is that God has something in this for us.

He has something for me and He has something for you and those two things are going to look vastly different, I imagine.

Mama with small kids at home, what does He have for you today?

Employee who is slammed right now with so much work, what does He have for you?

Boss whose business is closed, today what does He have for you?

I can’t list all the various categories of people but if you’re human – He has something for you today.

If we move past the flesh part and get on with the things of the Spirit we see amazing things.

I’ve seen friends walk into hospitals afraid and yet willing, because they are walking in what the Lord has for them right now.

I’ve seen Mamas pick up their babies and just hug them when everyone is at the end of their rope, because this is the Spirit in them and what the Lord is asking of them right now.

I’ve seen missionaries head out masked and armed with the gospel sharing the hope of Jesus with the homeless because they have set their mind on the things of the Spirit.

I’ve seen people give generously amidst their own financial instability because their mind is on others and not their own flesh. This is a mind set on the Spirit.

I don’t know about you but I know that I don’t want to miss what God has for me. I don’t want to be so focused on my flesh that I miss what the Spirit is doing.

As I look back at the journey of my life there are so many places that, in the moment, I wish I could have used the Edit: Undo button. I would have used it thousands of times by now for every stupid thing I said out loud, every action I’ve done that hurt others and every time I made myself the most important. But looking back I can see the work that God did in me through the very hardest times. Through the tears, the anger, the confusion and the doubt, He was working in me. And while I grieve the actions, I praise God for the work He did through the most difficult spaces of  my life.

I’m not calling us not to be sad for what’s happening. I’m not saying don’t grieve for the lives lost.  I’m not saying to have zero trepidation or concern for what we are walking in.  I’m not saying there shouldn’t be a serious weight to all that’s happening across the world. I am saying don’t miss what the Lord has for us today.  Just today.

With eyes and minds focused on things of the Spirit, we will be changed.

Romans 8:6, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

 

 

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