August 4, 2020

Mary is a little calf that was rejected by her mother.  That means every morning and evening, Shannon or I make the trek down to the barn to feed her milk from giant bottles.

While Mary is allowed out of her stall during the day to be with the other cows; at night, we put her back in the stall for her own protection.  That’s because she’s small and when she’s asleep, the cows may wonder off leaving her vulnerable to the predators that roam the pasture in the darkness.

I’ve noticed it is getting harder and harder to get Mary back into her stall because she does not want to be cooped up.  But even though she doesn’t understand, we do it for her own protection.

Last night, I watched Mary shove the stall gate with her head.  I realized, if she had her way, she would be out with the cows at night and not even realize she was in danger.  This got me thinking.

Instead of stalls, many of us feel very confined by having to spend so much time at home.  We want to be out and about with other people.  We don’t want to wear masks.  We want to shake hands, give hugs, go to church and attend parties.  We want the world the way it was before the coronavirus turned everything upside down.

What we have to understand is all these minor inconveniences are for our own protection and, more importantly, the protection of those whom we love.  Some would disagree and say their rights are more important than any mask mandate or shelter in place order.  They refuse to be inconvenienced.  I don’t think God sees it that way.

The single greatest inconvenience of all time was Jesus being nailed to a cross.  He did it to save those whom he loved – everyone.  He could have said his rights were being violated and he had done nothing wrong, but he went to the cross because it was God’s will.  The crucifixion was about love trumping rights.

This is why Paul said, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   (Romans 5:8)

Love can very inconvenient.  If you don’t believe me, look at the Bible.  Moses, Elijah, Abraham, Paul, Timothy, Stephen, Mary, Joseph, Peter, and a host of others would say loving God was inconvenient.  But they would also say it was the right thing to do.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in this time of confusion, give me clarity so that I may know and do your will.  I want my life to bring you joy.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Some in our church will disagree with my view.  That’s okay because everyone is entitled to their opinion.  But I truly believe love in these unprecedented times means wearing a mask, not shaking hands, and practicing safe social distancing.  It is a small inconvenience for the protection of those we love.  I believe it is what God wants.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins