Shutting down activities across the planet has so many consequences. Haiti followed other countries and shut down schools and churches back in March. Now, months later, schools are opened in spite of the dramatic August heat. Churches are beginning to function as normal, but there is a problem. The same problem effects choirs, bands, teams, and so many other groups.
For months, people did not get together. There were no real appointments to keep. You got up, you did what you felt like doing on your own, and you lived that way all day every day for months. That gets in your blood. As the brass band here at Asaph started rehearsals, players were absent. The first "meeting" was well-attended, but rehearsals since then have been missing about half of the players. The soccer team meets with only a percentage of the players. Leaders at church are telling me that they are confronting the same issues. People sat down. Now they are unwilling to be active.
The world sat down in 2020. I wonder when or if we will ever get up off of our couches and be the active people we were just one year ago. Will it take a few months of activity to get back in the swing ? Will the laziness wear off ?
So many good things depend on "getting together." So much of ministry is about "getting together." If the Enemy had wanted to throw a wrench into the working of this planet, he probably would have come up with a pandemic reaction that put people at home, alone, on their butts.
Light the fire, God. Light the fire in us. In me. Light the fire again.
Missionary in Haiti.