One of my favorite childhood stories is Aesop’s fable, the tortoise and the hare. I have been both in different stages of my life so I readily relate to both philosophies and speeds. I can be slow and steady and most certainly have been, regrettably, too fast and furious, getting sidetracked along the way, too many times. As we continue to gingerly pick our way through this paralyzing pandemic, it is with joyful delight we have received a gift of increasing the number of folks allowed to gather indoors in our beloved houses of worship to 25!! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!! Thank you, Jesus!!!
Like in the tortoise and hare tale, we have had to travel slow and steady, pacing ourselves these last several months. It is imperative that we remain slow and steady for right now and not make a mad dash like our hare-y friend might be to tempted to do with this new gift but remain vigilant in our continued race to “normalcy.”
Remembering the wisdom of the Apostle Paul, “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 MSG
Continue to run this race tortoise style for now, my beloved. There will time enough to run like the hare. Use this time to plan for the sprint while we worship and gather within our present guidelines. And rest while we can, pacing yourselves, restoring your second wind ready to finish the course!
Happy trails, my people!