World within World

ecommerce-3562005_1920We have a habit of getting ourselves into the most terrible mess and the Lord having to get us out of it. This has been true from the beginning of time and today is no different. How do we do it? If nothing else we’re consistent.

Amid all the conspiracy theories, we are fighting a faceless enemy. We don’t know how it evolved, how its developing or where it is going. But we do know it is divisive and destructive. Mankind is trying to come together in love, but from a distance. To say that the global horizon is already unrecognisable, is an understatement. In the twenty first century, the world is fighting for survival again. But how are we staying on top of it. Where is the help coming from?

Well, help is coming from the most unexpected place, the Virtual World!

For a long time now the virtual world has existed within our world. We dip in an out of it at will drawing from it the necessities to assist in our physical world. Until now, a world where some go to hide, seeking safety within its walls of anonymity,  others to build an online profile to progress a career, socialise or study; some to help others and some to destroy – the reasons are endless. It is known by many names, the world wide web, the internet, online networking, social media… all attributes of that world. Many have resisted it through fear, lack of knowledge or relevant skills, lack of affordability, misunderstanding or misuse, again the reasons are endless. But here it is now, a world we can live in, mirroring our physical world as much as possible.

We are not in a physical war with other nations, we are not being attacked by armed forces, we don’t think it is an alien invasion… but it is causing us to take unprecedented steps to protect our lives and our livelihood.

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The virtual world, now at the forefront of our very existence, is host to our worship, education, shopping – actually it was always host to my shopping! Governments are governing countries via social media and virtual meetings. And while our world is not thriving at the moment and nations are concerned about when to kick start their economies, another world is thriving alongside the virtual world. The natural world… nature and the animal kind.

With the reduction in human interaction – the natural world and the ozone have never had it so good!! This is something to be thankful for. In this time of pain and suffering, loss and uncertainty, something is thriving; preservation of the planet. Reduced carbon footprint, changes in the way we work and socialise, is giving the planet a break.

Previous generations with the absence of our virtual world, would not have been able to cope with this outbreak as well as we have. If we think we are not coping, imagine if this was the age when the virtual world did not exist.

People are missing the simple things in life, going to their places or worship, going for walks, eating ice-cream – not the traffic jams or the break neck speed at which life was going with all it’s stresses; just the simple things. And many will be pleased that nature is getting a break as well! Is this time to reflect on changes to our way of life and assess how we can live better? Time to put things in perspective and think of others before ourselves? Whatever happens it cannot be business as usual when CO-VID 19 begins to subside.

Our strength comes from the Lord and His world cannot be destroyed, so have faith that we will come out of this. But will be we better people or worse – that is the question?

Scripture for today
Psalm 93:1 NKJV


The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.

Making It Count!

Make it count

Today I made an egg free cake! It was almost dairy free, but alas, I used dairy butter as that was all I had. Whilst this was not a big deal in the age of vegans, vegetarians and all manner of ‘free from’ foods; it was a very big deal for me. Being an awesome baker and cake decorator, I love baking with large free range eggs and full fat milk among other over indulgent ingredients. But during these desperate times, many of us don’t readily have all the ingredients in our homes, so we have to adapt to our new environment. The panic buyers wiped out my local shops so eggs suddenly became an endangered species and with one egg in my fridge I decided to make my very first cake without eggs. As I searched online for a recipe, with the idea developing in my head, I decided to use coconut milk instead of cow’s milk, but I was scuppered with the butter, I only had my faithful stork in the fridge so no dairy free option.

Vegan and ‘free from’ cakes were definitely on my radar for the future, but being faced with unprecedented and unforeseen circumstances, the future arrived a little earlier than anticipated. I used the creative mind that God blessed me with and came up with an alternative. Not quite vegan, not quite dairy free but somewhere in the middle… and it was gorgeous!

I have found that my most creative moments and often the birth of a talent or a new direction in my life, have almost always been born out of the greatest struggles that I was faced with, and this time is no exception. Isolation, quarantine, social distancing, is the new norm and we have to find a way to make these moments count! Many have died and many more will die before life can return to normal. Families are grieving because their loved ones were taken so suddenly and alone, they were not able to be there for them. We are still alive, we have hope in the God who created us, who sent His Son Jesus to die for us and who rose again from that death! How long this will continue remains to be seen; but this silent killer will not be hurried on it’s journey. Sitting at home vegetating is not an option. We must use this time wisely. Where there is life there is hope and we can do wonders with it. “We will get through this.”

What about that book you have been threatening to write for decades, or the one you have been trying to read for months. And for us Christians, what about that Bible – yes that one. The one that is food for our spirit and teaches us of the signs of the times and what to do when things like the Coronavirus hits; giving us hope in perilous times. Encourage someone who is not coping very well, or start that exercise regime on your living room floor, up and down the stairs or in your back garden. If life got in the way before, use this time wisely now. How about putting some quality time into studies or time to reflect! This very unusual time is unparalleled and although we hope never to experience it again, we must remain positive, hopeful and expectant.

We have the ability to adapt to our circumstances, so dig deep. Focus on the positives that can come out of this situation and not on the negatives. Look to the only One who has the answers and can guide you through. The world was on one path and now we are on another and will never be the same when we arise from this situation. But we know with certainty that WE WILL ARISE from it!

 

Verse for today
Romans 5:3-5 NIV

3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Make it count!