The other day I grabbed my hoodie and took a run in the slightly-cold weather we’ve been having. It was pretty windy, and I quickly found myself running against the wind and rain. It was just a drizzle, but it still didn’t feel quite comfortable. I quickly considered how this was an illustration of what many of us are facing as we seek to live for Christ during this time of pandemic. Not only have we had many of our usual conveniences stripped way, but we are also tempted by the world to find comfort in vanity and distractions rather than to find hope in the promises of God. (It also had the effect of getting Randy Stonehill’s “Gods of Men” stuck in my head. What I find to be an edifying Christian rock song might be to some an outdated and corny “Dad song,” but if you’re willing to risk losing some “cool points” with your kids and consider what it has to say about living for Christ, give it a listen.)
God calls us to love Him and love others no matter what (cf. Matthew 22:36-40). This means that even with the challenges brought on by COVID-19 we are to show kindness to our spouse and children and brother and sister and neighbor. It means that we value worshipping Him even when the hollow offerings of the world blare at us from all sides. It feels like running against the wind and being pelted by cold rain. It’s not comfortable, but it’s the race we are called to run. But take heart – Jesus has already won the race and gives us the abiding strength to keep taking each turn and keep moving with each mile by difficult mile:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV).