“Let’s not keep apart anymore” – that was the news that I heard yesterday from the government as they were considering abandoning the 1-meter rule.
I’m not sure it’s a great idea but one I really believe they are considering to try and get everyone back to normal. If this does happen it will almost seem to be like a New Year. A new opportunity to start again with no blemishes. So my advice is don’t drag the past into a new future. There must come a time when we move on from all that we have endured in the last year.
For followers of Jesus let me leave you with a great verse found in Romans 6:4
When we were baptised, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. So, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the wonderful power of the Father, we also can live a new life.Romans 6:4
This verse tells us that God has provided a way for each of us to start a new life, with new dreams, with new hopes and with new desires. I think that is great advice one which I hope you will adhere to. Why not get a pen and jot down some of those things that you would like to happen?
You say our lives are far too short to keep dragging the past into the present. What we need to do is to change our perspective and that might be difficult. After all, we have suffered quite a lot.
Perspective has a Latin root meaning “look through” or “perceive” and all the meanings of perspective have something to do with looking. Your perspective is the way you see something.
If you think that God is a good, kind, loving God, then from your perspective you will trust God for this new start. The question is with all that has happened does the past have hold of us? So be courageous enough to get up and start again. Start planning and remember what God said in Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous, Do not be afraid or terrified, because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake youDeuteronomy 31:6
Jesus promised the same in Matthew 28:20
I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.Matthew 28:20
The stage is set and I admit that after the 1 metre rule is removed and the first time someone is very close to me, I am not sure how I will react. Will I forget the rule has gone and make a comment? Life may be strange for a while so let us keep that word perspective with us to encourage us to see things differently.
But I have hope when I think of this. The Lord’s love never ends; His mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, “The Lord is mine, so I hope in him.”
Whatever happens, keep safe and blessed.