As I sit here in my makeshift office away from work…In fact before the girls were born, this was my home office set out just as I liked it with my desktop and books at hand for my studies, sermon prep and work in the Automotive industry...Oh how things have changed! Now I have the girls teddies and toys arranged around me in just the way they like, there is the pink and white storage unit containing the girls books, dolls, animal rescue sets and dressing up clothes behind me, I’ve invaded their space…No longer my office but the girls play room…
One thing stays the same however, I have a window YAY. This window looks out onto my driveway and the rest of the street…I have found myself turning to and watching the world as it goes by through this window. To be honest not much has been happening on my street, an observation I’m sure many of us can attest to in these times of social distancing and essential travel only, the street seems relatively quiet, the odd 1 or 2 people walk down the road about their business. And the silence is only really broken by the chirping and singing of the birds, ironic how our isolation seems to have allowed God’s other creatures to come out and flourish. The other evening (7 o’clock ish) I was working late and I watched as the biggest fox I’ve ever seen walked happily up my drive taking full advantage of the lack of people and movement on street, I have no idea where it went to after that, but it was bold and happy to wander around the street, not a regular sight at that time.
A friend was telling me of a herd of goats that had been on the news in March, because of the lack of people out and about in a Welsh village, the wild Kashmiri mountain goats approx. 150 of them had decided to take a stroll around the deserted streets eating hedges and plants as they went along.
On Good Friday, we took the girls out for our daily exercise, we decided to walk around a local woodland, we saw a maximum of 3 people out (don’t worry we kept our social distance 😊), the birds and wild life taking full advantage of the lack of people. To our absolute amazement we saw something we have never seen there before, a Stag, yes a fully antlered up stag, just sitting in a sun lit grassy break in the woodland, it doesn’t stop there though, as we continued to watch this stag happily sunning itself without a care in the world, another stag popped its head out from behind a tree, and then another walked by head down chewing the grass (I think, could have been flowers or plants)…In total we saw about 5 deer in that little herd…Oblivious to the corona virus, taking in all that God has provided for them.
I’m reminded of that passage in Luke 12:22 – 34, (have a read of it, refresh your memories or read it for the first time)…Here is some of what stood out to me,
‘…Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?...“Consider how the wild flowers grow…I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…how much more will he clothe you…But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well…“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…’
Now back to my window, I know that when I look out of my window, or on that other window the window to the world, as it seems, the TV; I could be forgiven to think that the enemy is winning, he’s isolated us, not many venture out for fear of the Virus, shops are closed, anxiety is high, panic and fear travel with people as they cautiously go out to the supermarket, you see my window is only very small, I / we get to see the small picture, but I have to remind myself that God works with the Big picture, His window reveals the whole world, it reveals the things we don’t see through our windows. I want to encourage you today to remember that your window, only shows you a snapshot of a much bigger picture, the picture that God works with.
Have a look at this it’s a dialogue that has been attributed to C.S.Lewis Screwtape letters written in 1942, could this be God’s Big picture view?
Satan: I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship, and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.
Jesus: I will bring together neighbours, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.
Regardless of the source of this dialogue, I could imagine the truth of it.
Trust Him, He is seeing it all, He is in control even though it may not seem like it in our little window… Know that You are valuable to Him, in fact you are the most valuable of all His creations, He gave His life for you, to save you…