Point of no return

Exodus 4:10-31: Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses, and performed the signs in the sight of the people. The people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had given heed to the Israelites and that he had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped.
Writing about fallout worldwide from the virus pandemic, one columnist described the interconnectedness of cultures. He wrote, “If one country succeeds in controlling the epidemic but its neighbors fail, the epidemic will return.” Ominous words: the epidemic will return.
We struggle, though, to see the linked nature of one human being to another in spiritual terms. We do begin, amid our fear, to appreciate our loved ones and probably will never again take for granted the ability to be with them in person. I hope that, when this current crisis passes, we will maintain our appreciation and concern for one another.
Exodus tells of a time when the Israelites appreciated that they had been noticed and helped by God. Knowing God cares for us should show us the importance of being significant in the eyes of another.
This crisis can teach us to care for our neighbors as God cared for the Israelites, and as God cares for each of us. As we move along in this life, we may go back to the way we lived before. But if we thrive while neighbors suffer, the epidemic will return.
The epidemic of selfishness will return.
Psalm 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-19; Mark 9:30-41
Copyright 2020 by Carol Mead. For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please go to the website (www.holyordinary.com).

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