The New Normal

Psalm 34:18 (GNTD) The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. 

In the past, such as an economic downturn, companies, individuals, and countries have had to deal with a new normal. Not too long ago, I overheard the doctor tell the couple, “It’s ok. Just think of this as a ‘new’ normal.” In addition, in very recent days Dr. Fauci has been known to say, “I’m not sure we’ll ever get back the way we were pre-virus; rather, we have to get used to a ‘new’ normal.” 

Much like Nathanael, we might be questioning, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46a) 

It’s important in these seemingly difficult times to remember that God is always with us.

 Isaiah 41:10 (CEVD) Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories. 

I was reflecting on how Noah and his family might have felt during the preparation for and living in the ark for 40 days and nights; the results from such a catastrophic flood would have presented a significantly new normal. I too must remember that I can’t rely on my old normal as the anchor; but a new normal may take some adjustment. It may look just as rich with possibilities; it’s just that the possibilities may look very different from what I may have originally expected.

Romans 8:18 (GNTD) I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 

At this time of suffering and concern, which will cause significant change and a ultimately new normal, may we all be protected by God’s grace and mercy.

Sarah Thompson

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