“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Pet 5:6).
My Bible notes that the recipients of this epistle had been suffering various trials and afflictions with the real possibility of greater difficulties to come. 1 Peter has been characterized as a letter of separation, suffering, and persecution. Also of hope, courage and the grace of God.
During this time of Lent, and the unprecedented actions taken recently to provide for and keep safe our citizenry and that of the entire world, I keep asking myself, “What is God showing us here? How can we use this time of isolation to grow closer to him, and to each other? Am I willing to submit to these inconveniences with minimal complaint?”
The answer does seem simple, as well as complicated. We have this amazing opportunity to grow closer to our loved ones, to support and encourage one another, to lean in and embrace (from a 6-foot distance) one another in such an intimate way. To get outside ourselves and understand that we’re all in the same, limited situation. This is our opportunity to really show and know what we believe. Do we believe in God’s promise? His authority? His mercy? Do we believe in Christ’s sacrifice for our redemption? Can we reflect to our family, friends and strangers alike, that God’s “hand is mighty and will lift us up in due time?”
I hope we can. It’s complicated, and yet so simple.
Jude Mitchell, Church Lady