God never changes
This Sunday is Pastor William’s last day serving in our Church. We had planned to organise a farewell party with a series of activities including combined fellowship, BBQ lunch and photo taking session, in the hope of giving Pastor William a warm and wonderful memory. However, things have not gone as planned. Due to the increased community infections, the city has gone into full lockdown, stopping all activities. Fortunately, William’s family is not heading to Melbourne immediately. We hope that, if possible, we can still say a proper goodbye before they leave.
The cancellation of the farewell party is certainly sad and a disappointment for many of us. We were excitedly looking forward to all the story sharing and appetizing food. We had hoped to create fond memories and allow brothers and sisters to encourage and support each other, and to witness the wonders and grace of God.
Although the gathering is cancelled, the heart to love each other is more important, and we can use other means to express it. Perhaps, God would prepare a better time for us to remember and enjoy the wonderful fellowship?
Likewise, when we join a Sunday worship service online because of a lockdown, it might be hard to feel the same level of enthusiasm and worshipful experience of the service when just facing a computer monitor, something we do not normally associate with worship and reverence. Or because we have been at home for an extended period, we start to become lazy and sluggish and joining an online worship becomes more like entertainment or passively attending an online meeting. We cannot benefit from the joy of physical fellowship with brothers and sisters.
At the same time, the ever-changing epidemic and uncertain future makes us feel anxious, as we do not know when we will be back to “normal” life. Due to the border shutdown for more than a year, those who have family overseas do not know when they can travel and visit their loved ones. Fortunately, despite the frequent and unexpected changing situations that we cannot control, God’s sovereignty and faithfulness never change. Let us remember that God is omnipresent and omniscient, His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Now might be the best time to exercise our faith, obedience and reliance on Him.