Is there such a thing as a new normal?
Have you ever had one of those moments when what was normal, what was so commonplace for you, suddenly felt so strange and abnormal?
I had one of those moments recently when our church met in person for the first time in 6 months. Prior to our closing due to Covid-19, I was used to speaking from the front of church almost every week. This was my normal and while it never feels natural, I had done it enough to be comfortable in the process.
Yet after such a long break, this time around it felt so strange. I was still doing the same things, hosting and preaching, but somehow my previous normal had now become abnormal and it was such a weird feeling. Maybe you have had this shift too? You've been working from home for months and as you went back to the office what used to be normal now feels so strange and unfamiliar.
Whatever the last few months have felt like for you, know that we are all being confronted with a new normal. Many things we knew previously have disappeared and most likely won't be coming back. Some freedoms we once took for granted seem so distant. Yet as time progresses, what was a new normal becomes just normal - we learn to adjust and to keep moving forward.
So let me encourage you from Philippians 4:6-8 if you are feeling a little unsettled right now - "Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honourable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always."