We tend to be “creatures of habit.” We like to do things the same way every time. How many of you order the same entree every time you go to one of your favorite restaurants? There are so many choices, each as delicious as the other, yet, whatever we ordered the first time we were there, that’s what we usually order again and again. We take the same route to work every day. We have a set routine of getting ready every morning, and heaven help the person, who sits in “our pew” at church. We’ve sat there for years! But, as we all are coming to realize – things have changed in the past few months. It seems like every other commercial on TV is talking about “these difficult or challenging times.” They are difficult, but are we dwelling on the negative and making things harder than they have to be? Have any of you actually run out of toilet paper yet?
Just because things are different doesn’t necessarily mean that they are worse. Most inventions came to be, because a problem existed and someone tried to find a way to make life easier. Personally, I’m glad Mr. Carrier invented the air conditioner, and Josephine Cochran got tired of hand washing dishes, and invented the first practical working dishwasher. Maybe there are advantages to you doing things differently? You might discover a new restaurant or shop, if you go to work a different way. And, who knows what members of your church family you’ll get to visit with if you changed where you sit next Sunday?
While things are different, and some things are more difficult (I’m certainly not denying that), but may we remember that the blue of the sky is larger than the clouds. There is still nothing as sweet as the sound of a baby’s laugh. Home-cooked meals are usually cheaper, hotter, and more nutritious than those that come in a sack. And our Lord has promised that “all things work together for good for them that love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). He said, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). We are truly simply blessed, Courtney