Pastor Kevin's Blog: Thoughts From My Burrow to Yours...
Let's have this info go viral for defeating this Virus!
This is just about increasing the knowledge about safety during Coronavirus quarantines. You might consider sharing it too. It's from a Dr. in Michigan. Some good info, probably not the end all, but thought provoking.
Here are some ideas about cleaning, shopping and drive through food. The Dr. says this isn't perfect, but it is a good reminder for us to think about what we are doing.
From our burrow to yours.
A fellow Prairie Dog occasionally poking my head out of my burrow.
Here’s the first installment of A Prairie Dog Blog
First, a definition: Burrow: A burrow is a hole or tunnel excavated into the ground by an animal to create a space suitable for habitation, temporary refuge, or as a byproduct of locomotion. Burrows provide a form of shelter against predation and exposure to the elements…
As I consider our lives of staying at home during this quarantine that Illinois Governor Pritzker has signed into existence, I thought of my community becoming like a prairie dog town. We are mostly snuggled into our burrows for shelter and living our lives with the primary goal, at least temporarily, of being safe from a current danger; COVID-19. Prairie dogs are constantly watching for threats such as foxes, coyotes, eagles, hawks, falcons, badgers, bobcats, mountain lions, weasels, ferrets, rattlers and bull snakes. The real question would be, “What doesn’t eat prairie dogs?” I think prairie dogs have a great deal to worry about, don’t you?
Let’s face it; most of us are confined to our burrow, our home. We can occasionally peek our heads out and see what’s going on in the world. We can read the paper, watch the news or surf the internet looking for nuggets of how other prairie dogs in other towns or colonies are doing. My life right now seems to be… different. I guess every day begins with, What do I need to do? versus What can I do? What do I want to do? versus What should I be doing? What should I be doing as a husband, Dad, Pastor or citizen and often asking myself, should I being worrying about this?
What is worth worrying about? One answer has already flashed through your mind, hasn’t it? Should we be worrying? Is the time we spend worrying better spent doing something else? What are you doing to feed your soul? Why not take the time to feed your soul?
Here is a one of my favorite artists, (one of my favorite cd’s ever); George Rowe’s; Think About That
The song is "Everlasting."
Verse 1: Before the mountains were born Before the sun ever shined Before the stars filled the heavens above Before the universe was shaped by Your hand You had always been I AM
Chorus: Everlasting, You are my God You were, and are, and always will be Never- ending songs cry Holy, Holy For You are worthy. You are Everlasting
Verse 2: To You a thousand years is a single day And a lifetime is nothing but dust And after time has turned into eternity We'll have just begun to sing
Chorus Bridge: Praise and honor and glory and power Forever and ever To Him who sits on the throne
Lastly, (Yes, I know, most people love to hear that out of a preacher) if you look at my last picture at the top of the Prairie Dog Blog… is that little doggie praising?
I am going to say, “Yes. Why wouldn’t it?”
Luke 19.37-40 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones along the road will burst into cheers!” (Other translations say, “the very stones will cry out.”
As you praise GOD, you take the focus off yourself and your worries diminish.
Why wouldn’t we all PRAISE Jesus?
Rocks (And maybe Prairie Dogs) would PRAISE God!!!
Think About That…
Isaiah 43:1 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
How many times does the Bible say, “Do not fear”? “Have no fear”? “Do not be afraid”? Or some similar variation of that thought?
A Google search would share that the answer is 365 times… and then, you would see all the dissenting opinions and criticisms of the article writer in the same Google search. Typical of the world we live in, isn’t it? Let us, for the sake of argument, say the answer is a bunch! That is scientific of me, don’t you think? Many times and in several ways God tells us, “do not be afraid”.
Why shouldn’t we be afraid? It would seem, according to Isaiah 43.1, the answer is because God has redeemed us. Not only has God redeemed us but also he knows us… by name. God says, “You are mine”. God does not promise us a life without trials & tribulations. We don’t have our own force field around us that protects us… well, we might, (that is an article for another day) but sometimes we still have issues, right? Everyone experiences suffering, pain, grief, challenges,,, the list could go on and on, couldn’t it? NEVERTHELESS, God says, “Have no fear”. Regardless of what goes on in our lives, God has redeemed us and we are to “have no fear”. I struggle to execute this attitude or approach on a consistent basis but that is because of my weakness or lack of faith… it is on me, not on God. (Did I mention I am a sinner, saved, only, by the grace of God? I struggle at times to “do the right things”. I am consistently inconsistent!) I am so far from perfect, in fact, I cannot even see perfect from where I am at… unless… I close my eyes and think of God… then, I can, kind of, envision perfection.
1 John 4:18 “Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear”. It is not my perfect love this verse is referring to or implying. I believe it is only through God’s perfect love that I can “fear not”.
With all the stuff that is going on in our lives, in our world, right now, let us take a few moments and realize that God says, “Have no fear”. I, personally, do not believe that makes us “bullet-proof”. We still need to use common sense and try to use caution. If the authorities tell us to minimize our social interactions and maximize our spatial distances, then we should use common sense and heed the advice. (Isn’t the real problem with common sense, that common sense… isn’t so COMMON?)
I guess what I am saying is, as we dig in like a burrowed community of prairie dogs, let us remember that God knows our name. God says have no fear. I think that is what I will try to dwell on for the next few days. (Instead of being caught up in the toilet paper hoarding melee that is out there… for those of you prairie dogs that occasionally poke your head out to see what is going on!)
So, dwell on this:
Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.”
Yes, that is good advice… from the perspective of my burrow.