Pastor’s Pen 5th April 2020

Shalom. Remember that God is always sovereign.
Well, one week in to level 4 lockdown and everyone is coping?
It’s a strange time and I feel most have transitioned to the new normal so far. The impact on our town hasn’t been fully felt yet and when we are able to gather again, the need for us to support our community will be apparent.
There has been much written and said about the Coronavirus and its effects on the world. If nothing else it reminds me how fragile our illusion of control can be. Whilst I appreciate the steps we are taking as a nation to mitigate the impact of this virus on our country, at the end of the day we’re not immune from it and at some level we need to understand that. Hopefully there will be an effective vaccine that will give us immunity, much as the flu shot currently being administered… because there’s only two ways in the natural world we can receive immunity from a virus, by catching it or taking a vaccine. Of course Jesus can grant us this immunity too… but so far he hasn’t told me he will.
To avoid the widespread problem this pandemic would bring our government has put us into level 4 lockdown.

As followers of Jesus, we should honour the requirements asked of us. A lot of it is common sense really. For some of our businesses, like kiwifruit, there have been added layers of compliance brought in.
All of this can lead to frustration and even resentment. But remember that the fruit of the Spirit is… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control.
It’s in times like this when we are pressured and stressed that whatever is inside us comes out.
Let our light shine before people, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.

Have an even better week ahead.

Bless ya
Pastor Mike