We have a lot going on in our lives, and that was before 2020 showed up with the pile of not-so-awesome presents it’s delivered so far and could have hiding for us in the last 4 months of this year. It has been an opportunity for us to explore what’s truly important to us and how resilient we are as a world, to consider simplifying our lives both in responsibilities and possessions, to reconsider the path we’re on, to appreciate the little things, and to get back out in nature. It’s been an opportunity for the Church to grow into the online world and share about Jesus digitally instead of just in person.
We also got a lesson in giving our full attention to something. The entire world shut down over this virus for weeks on end, many places for months, and some places more than once. Small medical centers were sharing their resources with hospitals and businesses were producing whole product lines that they never normally produce to support the efforts. We cleaned our homes and hands as never before. Some of us prayed harder than we ever have. Many people lost someone in a way they never expected to long before their expected time. All of this brought completely new perspectives about life and living to light.
In recent weeks I’ve been working my way through the book of Jeremiah. Most people are familiar with Jeremiah 29:11, but I think we forget that there are another 20 some verses after that verse, kind of like we forgot how easily germs can spread and how invisible they really are. I don’t know what the rest of 2020 holds, but maybe we need to check in on more than just our cleaning and education practices before the year ends. Maybe we need to spend some of the time that we’re feeling especially at odds and ends this year pursuing God more and truly investing ourselves in our spiritual growth and health.
I brought up Jeremiah 29 because one of those verses after verse 11 spoke to me this week. Jeremiah 29:13 says: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” If you feel like you’re missing something in your life, that something isn’t as it should be, maybe it’s because you’re not pursuing it wholeheartedly. Maybe you’re not giving it the amount of your attention that you should be giving it. Maybe you and God haven’t worked through what needs to be addressed before you can get to that part of your journey. Maybe what’s missing in your life is taking time each day to wholeheartedly pursue God and discover what He loves about you, His plans for your life, and what He’s trying to show you in this world that you’ve missed out on. What are you wholeheartedly pursuing?