Worldwide pandemic, murder hornets arrive in the US, police brutality, protests, riots,...
These disruptions to our "norm" have come so fast and furious that the news changes from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour! It can make our heads spin and our hearts take a nosedive.
We need to remember that God is still on His throne - that "Oops!" is not a part of His vocabulary. While troubled times are not new to the people of God, opportunities are. We, as the church, are not here to process our emotions as much as to serve others in the name of God and to His glory. What a time to be salt and light in such an up and down troubled world!
In a March 20, 2020 podcast entitled Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization is Now a Startup, (which I highly recommend - https://journal.praxislabs.org/leading-beyond-the-blizzard-why-every-organization-is-now-a-startup-b7f32fb278ff) , Andy Crouch and Dave Blanchard ask a significant question, "What redemptive possibility has just emerged?"
How can God most effectively use us for His glory at this time? This calls for us to put aside our emotions while getting on our knees to seek His wisdom (James 1:5).
With basically all but essential and major things shut down, what better moment in history is there for those of us in ministry to ask, "What is on mission with the Great Commission?" There will probably be no better time to recover from our "program paralyzation" and no better opportunity to change our ministry's culture than this time of massive change in our worldwide and national culture. The best way to keep it simple is to start up only what is fulfilling our core calling - to make disciples who make disciples.
We should not ignore that a challenge lies before us. I will close with another quote from Crouch and Blanchard, "Let's step into this with a creative, redemptive imagination."