This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “stay.”
Over the past few weeks, there has been much discussion, debate, and even division, between the different parts of the UK over the timescale and detail of the gradual easing of the lockdown.
How many people can meet outside?
Which businesses can begin to reopen when?
And, should the key message to the population be “Stay home,” or “Stay alert”?
Don’t worry, this blog is not going to get political! I include that only to explain why these phrases were the first to come to mind on reading the FMF prompt.
The next thing to come to mind was this verse:
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT)
Though the description of a great enemy, prowling around looking for someone to devour, is remarkably similar to the image that has often been portrayed of COVID-19, this is a reminder that we have a far greater enemy.
And, in the case of this enemy, the call is definitely not one to stay at home. We are not called to live in fear or to allow the threat to hold us back from doing what God is calling us to do.
But we are called to stay alert – to remember that there is an enemy, and the threat is real.
We’re called to stand firm and stay faithful.
That isn’t always easy. I’ve witnessed the enemy prowling this week, and I’m grateful for the friend who had greater discernment than I did over what was going on.
I’m glad that she was alert to see that what in some ways would have been the safer option wasn’t the right option, and for her encouragement to stay faithful, even though it may have its cost down the line.
These verses encourage me to have faith. No matter how great the enemy, we have a God who is much greater, and if we stay alert and stay united, we can help one another to stay faithful, trusting that, in the end, God’s purposes will prevail!