When will this virus be over? Because being shut in is very frustrating. We need to work, we need to we hang out with other people, and we need to go to church together. In fact the arrival of this virus has shown just how much we need each other. And some people are saying that it is time for us to come out of our isolation.
Let me say this one thing – this will not be like when the hailstorm has passed, or when the tornado is finished. There will be no siren. There will be no silence after the storm. This will be far more gradual , and the only metaphor I can think of is the story of Noah.
Noah and his family were shut inside the Ark for 40 days and 40 nights. And they really, really wanted to get out. But note what they did: instead of throwing the doors of the ark open – they cautiously tested the environment. Remember that Noah sent out birds on four different occasions before deciding that it was safe to come out:
Let us be cautious because the water is deep outside of our ark! The virus has not passed us by, and many of us will still get ill. Staying at home was never about avoiding the illness – it was always about not overwhelming the medical facilities. Let us be patient with our situation. And be careful. If you have to go out, wear masks, wash your hands, do not crowd the stores, and if you are health compromised then stay inside.
One last thought: Noah got out of his Ark. And having thanked God for his life he proceeded to throw his life away. He got raging drunk and cursed his sons. Let us learn from this. Having a drunken coming out party is probably not the wisest thing we can do with our lives. Rather than cursing our families – let us bless them. Let us treasure those who love us. And be grateful, every day, for this precious gift of life.
May the Grace of God be with us all.