Has the Pandemic changed what we search for?
Before the Pandemic I talked to many people wanting to know their purpose in life. They felt that their life needed more of a sense of meaning so they wanted to process what that meant from a spiritual perspective. Sometimes a meeting like this is just a discussion. I listen and ask a lot of questions. Other times we do a deeper dive. I’ll do a spiritual gifts inventory and a DISC profile. I’ll have the other person discern a few options and put together a personal development plan.
I worry that people have stopped looking for their purpose. I worry that people have gotten so tired during the Pandemic that they stopped looking for God altogether. I worry because I know that good things are ahead. Good things are present now.
(and please don’t remind me how un-gospellike worry is…I know…carry on).
I love that when the magi went looking for the new king, they finally found where he was staying:
"When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. " Matthew 2:10
Before they ever went into his home, they were overwhelmed with joy. Not when...but before. Right before their search was realized.
I hope that you haven’t stopped searching for joy.
I hope that you are still looking for wisdom.
I hope that you still look for where God is working so that you can join Him.
I hope that you keep looking and looking and looking so that right before you experience God you are overcome with overwhelming joy.
Until Everyone Hears
P.S. - I asked a few people what their favorite Bible verses were so that I could pray that over them this year. My friend Jamey (Rev Jamey Prickett) had one that has stirred my soul. Zephaniah 3:17…There truly is something powerful about God singing over us. Jamey has a bi-weekly newsletter where he talked about star words at epiphany. You can check it out here:
Jeremiah 3:17 - New Revised Standard Version
The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing