‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.’ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
Scripture tells us that our faith can move mountains. So what do we do when the mountains do not move? What do we do when healing doesn’t come? How do we react when disaster is not averted? What is our response when people we’ve spent our lives praying for do not find God?
What do we do when a virus turns the whole world upside down?
Perhaps we can learn from nature, God’s awesome creation. While we are stuck fast at home, the air is brighter, the seas cleaner, and even the animals are responding; Llandudno mountain goats are venturing into towns and villages.
The brokenness of life cannot be ignored, and needs time and a place to heal. What if, like creatures cocooned, we emerge from this crisis, changed in such a way that we have, metaphorically speaking, grown wings with which to fly. Jesus endured the agony of the cross, because of his great love for us, and because he knew that after that brokenness would come resurrection and new life – not just his own, but for all humanity.
Give us the strength to deal with brokenness in a healthy way; give us the patience to hold fast while we wait for moments of resurrection. Transform us into people of greater love and greater ability to share the wonder of you. Amen.