Thankfully, there’s rarely anyone else out walking when we are. As we walked down the sidewalk, I enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine on my back and the cheerful sight of daffodils and grape hyacinths blooming alongside each other under an evergreen hedge we passed by.
All was well on our refreshing walk.
And then, as we turned to our left to go up a hill, a young fellow—who probably wasn’t quite old enough to drive—walked towards us. We automatically did what we always do during this scary season, we pulled off the sidewalk and walked on the road to make room for the teenager. What happened next alarmed me—alarmed us.
But before I carry on with that story, I want to talk about spring for a bit. Spring is a season of contrasts for me. When I consider it, I always see images of life and death together. The decaying leaves from the previous year and the verdant life of the new season remind me of the redemption story.
From the grave of decay rose the One who can save.
There’s no forgiveness of sin without the blood of the Risen One. Just as in nature, new life depends on the death of the old life.
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." John 3:3 NIV
Now back to the sidewalk. While my husband and I stepped away from the sidewalk, the young man continued to walk straight down the center of it. He made no attempt to make room for us. He made no attempt to social distance himself from us even though there was a six-foot wide strip of lawn he could have stepped onto. Instead, we had to step farther onto the road while hoping no traffic suddenly sprang out of nowhere.
Wow, just wow. It’s one thing to disrespect your elders, but it’s a whole other blatant ball game to do it during a pandemic.
The contrast between what this young man didn’t do and what Jesus did do couldn’t be starker. While the teenager didn’t consider our lives, and didn’t provide a safe gap for us to walk through, Jesus self-sacrificially considered all lives as He closed the gap between sinners and a holy God. Jesus gave all so that we wouldn’t have to face a hopeless death.
Jesus is the Hero of the gap.
Our death will be the brief winter before spring. While our bodies decay, our souls will sprout like daffodil bulbs and bloom glorious under the Risen Son. Forever.
And so, dear ones who forget or neglect to stand aside during this pandemic, I pray that you too may know the power of Christ’s resurrection through repentance and salvation. For God doesn’t delight in the death of the lost, He delights in contrasts—in new life springing from the decay of winter.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
May we take every opportunity to use the not-so-nice moments to fuel our prayers rather than fume and stare. 😊
Thankfully, most people are abiding by Dr. Bonnie Henry’s health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s British Columbia’s beloved hero right now. We all need to continue acting like heroes if we want to get to the other side of this dangerous season sooner than later.
I’m nosy-to-know if your region, province, or state has a hero helping you obey the health guidelines during this pandemic?