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Don’t Tell Me What To Do

We went for our first walk today during official exercise time between 6 and 9am. We wore our masks, which are now compulsory for exercise time. Nevertheless we encountered a couple not wearing masks and a family with masks dangling from one ear. I thought to myself, “Typical South Africans ignoring the rules – just like taxi drivers.”

Image by resprouk from Pixabay

However, later I came across a video by Trevor Noah about the wearing of masks in America. Seems like their citizens are just as bad as ours. “We don’t want to live in a Nanny State,” said one American.

In South Africa there is just as much political posturing and grumbling. “We’re not your naughty children,” screams a popular headline.

We don’t like being told what to do. Even when it’s for our own safety. I don’t like being told to wear a seat belt. I particularly hate cars telling me to buckle up!

I think this is why so many people turn away from God. They don’t like being told what to do.

“No sex outside of marriage,” the Bible tells us.

“That’s ridiculous,” we say, “this is the twenty first century. I can do what I like with my own body.” We want to be gods of our own lives.

Satan used this weakness to tempt Adam and Eve. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened. and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. (Gen 3:5 NIV)

We don’t want to be told what to do. That is the basis of all sin. It is setting up ourselves against the authority of God. The remedy is to submit to Him, confess our wayward nature and ask for His forgiveness.

Lockdown Day 29 This is the Year

Last night President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a stepped lifting of the hard lockdown from 1 May according to the infection rate and the readiness of health services. South Africa has 3 953 confirmed cases of Covid 19 and the death toll is at 75.

2020 will be remembered as:

  1. The year of the mask.
  2. The year we washed our hands, again and again and again………..
  3. The year we got to attend church in our own comfy lounge.
  4. The year the older generation had to learn new things like Zoom and Facebook prayer meetings.
  5. The year we evaluated what’s really important in life. What are essentials?
  6. The year the government stopped infighting and all faced the same direction. The year of unexpected leadership.
  7. The year when communities reached out to each other and more compassion was shown.
  8. The year when the background noise was more birdsong and less traffic.
  9. The year many people remembered how to pray and seek God.
  10. The year that humans realised we were not in control and, actually had never been.
  11. The year of courage and inspiration, of new inventions and new ways of doing life.
  12. The year the inequality divide shifted and some people were so overworked they barely had time to eat and some so bored and unpaid that they spent their time waiting in queues for food parcels, neatly spaced 1 to 2 metres apart.

Yes the world is upside down. But God is not. His promises do not change according to circumstances.

But we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28 NIV)

All things means all things, even a pandemic. God, who knows and understands so much more than our puny little brains can even think or contemplate, can see the good that will result from our present distress and trial. Let’s just trust Him and enjoy the every day gifts that we so often overlook, like sunshine, oxygen, colour, sight and the ability to walk.

Lockdown Day 17 Easter Sunday

This image was forwarded to me on WhatsApp

I will never forget this Easter in the middle of Lockdown 2020. Thanks so much to Rosebank Union Church, Pastor Richard and the other pastors, Michael and the tech guys, the worship team and everybody involved in making these lockdown Easter services so special.

On Friday morning we watched an excellent compilation of images, narrative, scripture, worship, sermon and prayer, followed by a live communion service. We prepared our own elements and shared communion with those locked down with us. This is something we’ve never experienced with our family before.

Our church’s outreach arm, Rays of Hope, who work with vulnerable families in Alexandra, had a break-in last week and, among other things, all their masks due for distribution to the poor in Alex were stolen. They have called on the congregation to make fabric masks – we need 1 600. So Saturday saw me sewing masks.

Today, Resurrection Sunday, our church really outdid itself! The service was streamed live and included our own worship team, singing together through digital technology, our amazing ventriloquist with the children’s message, and a rousing and victorious sermon. Well done everybody.

After doing an Easter egg hunt, the family decided to share Easter eggs with our four immediate neighbours.

Again, something we’ve never done before. Perhaps this will lead to closer relationships with our neighbours.

We enjoyed a shared lunch under the gazebo which everybody thoroughly enjoyed, despite snacking on Easter eggs during the morning.

Perhaps this special Easter will grow tendrils into our future, helping us re-examine the things we take for granted and the things we’ve always done a certain way because that is the way we were brought up.

As Christ has died for reconciliation, let us be reconciled to God, our neighbours, our planet and ourselves. Happy Easter!