The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?
“What was it for? Was it worth it? Why did we do it?”
The former IRA fighter from Northern Ireland was looking back at all that he and his friends had fought for. The people they had killed, and the friends that had been killed. And for what?
We may not have quite so much to regret as a terrorist/freedom fighter – but one of the shocking things about human life is that so many of us as life goes on, look back and wonder why, oh why, did we focus so much on the wrong things.
Psalm 90 asks God to show us our lives that we may be more wise:
12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
What an amazing thought. That we can get a clear sense of our lives, of how long/short they are. And by so doing, we can make wiser choices.
I look back on my life (which isn’t over yet) and there are things that I regret. Why did I invest so much energy in that? Why did this seem so important? Good grief, what was I thinking?!
As I go on, fewer and fewer things seem so important. Put simply – follow Jesus as best as I can, and love the people around me.
Psalm 90 claims to be written by Moses [it may be written by someone using Moses’ name]. Moses lived a long time, made some good choices, and some bad ones. At the end, he looked back (you can read about it in Deuteronomy) and wondered what might have been.
Psalm 90 finishes with this prayer. It does the job rather well:
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. 16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendour to their children. 17 May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.
Let us pray that God shows us our life, and helps us to make choices about what is really important. May He establish the work of our hands.