I feel like a broken record that is responding to a broken record, or that I am beating a dead horse but the horse won’t die. By the way that is a horrible metaphor.
Blogs, articles, commercials – so many telling us that this is the new normal (covid culture). We have to get used to this. Drink the cool aid.
I’ve written elsewhere some argument against all of that. But this morning, reading through the life of David in 1 Samuel I see a great example.
For 16 months David and his army lived in Philistine territory in the town of Ziklag. Before that he’d been living in Gath for a season. Let’s be conservative and say it was at least two years of living in and with and in some cases “as” Philistines.
That would be pretty persuasive. Meaning – it would be easy to conclude that “this” was the new normal. But the life of King David shows that this was not normal – it was an anomaly. They made the best of it. Killed bad guys. Kept Ziklag for future Kings of Judah. But this was not indicative of their identity or destiny. It was a season. And that season passed. Their location was not their destination.
Yet we have two months of covid culture and the gurus claim this is now the way it is. We need to adjust to this. This is the plumb line. We can only grieve well for anything that once was.
Horseradish. This is a season. It’ll pass. We’ll learn stuff. Gain stuff. Get some victories. Make some changes. But this is not our identity nor our destiny. We have greater battles. We have sweeter joys. We have whole new paths to forge and dreams to pursue.
Your location is not your destination. Greater things are yet to come.
Thank you for speaking up. I’m not drinking the koolaid either.
I truly love this teaching. I have been in Tucson for several weeks and will return to Vancouver as soon as the winter threat resolves, itself. While I attend church here with my son and family, I never miss the video of my home church and the lessons from Genesis. Jumping to chapter 8 was a surprise but it certainly was in context.