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The coronavirus has shut down the system. Everything has been disrupted, upended or unsettled. Isolated from one another, we’re uncertain, disorientated, anxious, overwhelmed, or sorrowful. As the storm surges, we’re scrambling to adjust. As we struggle to understand, we’re trying to figure out what to do.

COVID-19 is one of the most dangerous diseases that we’ll face in our lifetime. Things are going to be different for some time. Yet it’s not all bad news. While a vaccine is being developed, it’s a chance to reboot.

Reboot is a computer term. When a computer malfunctions, the operating system is shut down, fixed, then restarted to get it back up and running.

Opportunities to recalibrate are usually rare. The limitations imposed by COVID-19, while devastating, open the door to new prospects and possibilities. Now that we have some time on our hands, what will we do with it?

To begin, we shouldn’t waste time trying to explain the unexplainable. Asking why God has allowed this pandemic to happen won’t make much of a difference. Instead of looking for reasons, we should recover the biblical practice of lament. As the Anglican theologian, N. T. Wright reminds us, “it is part of the Christian vocation not to be able to explain—and to lament instead.”

We should also recognize that along with the world, we’re all broken. When the Israelites returned to Judah after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they detected, despite the fact that they had rebuilt Jerusalem, that something was still broken – themselves. This pandemic has brought us face to face with a harsh reality, despite everything humanity has built over the centuries, something is still broken – ourselves.

We are in exile because of COVID-19, and we need healing – physically and spiritually. Spiritual healing doesn’t come from a needle. An anti-viral injection can’t give us immunity from the darkness that plagues our souls. Resurrection comes through crucifixion. The healing we need in our inner being comes from embracing the Healer, Jesus Christ.

With our usual routines and hectic pace interrupted, the coronavirus enables us to ask, “What is God saying to me/us at this time?” Asking and answering this question could become a turning point for individuals, the Church, and the nation.

If there’s going to be a turning point, there needs to be a starting point. The starting point is to engage and reengage with Jesus. “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty” Zechariah 1:3 (NIV).

To return to the Lord we must return to the Bible. In these days of uncertainty and disorientation, we need certainty and orientation. God’s Word is sufficient for all our needs. As the pandemic surges, the Scriptures are the anchor in the squall. Those who abide in the Word will ride out the squall.

When the post-Babylonian Israelites realized their brokenness “they told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book … and He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law” Nehemiah 8:1-2 (NIV).

Note the phrase “listened attentively.” The beginning of something new will begin when we open our ears to hear the Word of the Lord.

Finally, we should pray. A new normal will emerge when the pandemic is over. The new normal will be an outcome of how we do or do not pray. COVID-19 is an invitation to pray. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV).

Reboot. When we engage and reengage with Jesus there is “a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV). Bad news will become good news. Life will blossom from death. What’s broken will be made whole again.


Praying When You Don’t Have All The Answershttps://www.facebook.com/kensymes7/videos/2976801189041940/

© Scripture Union Canada 2020

2 Corinthians 4:5

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6 thoughts on “Reboot

  1. Wise words..yes things will change !
    We must pray that through this pandemic the world might realise they have shoved God out
    We have to return to God the One True God creator of the Universe ,Jesus Saviour of the world and the Holy Spirit Guide and teacher
    May it be so in Jesus Name!!Amen

  2. I was listening to a Texas mayor yesterday who referred to the impact and scope of Covid 19 that people in future will refer to time in North America as pre covid 19 or post cover 19. It may in fact fundamentally change many things we doing going forward. Quite likely we will see a lot more business done remotely because it has worked and is ultimately cheaper than the real estate otherwise required. I keep reflecting on how it will impact those who share the gospel in ministry settings and groups like SU? Perhaps people will be more inclined to do things in smaller groups as opposed to arenas (sports and otherwise). Lots of reflection on this but you are absolutely right Lawson, it is a period of reboot. Thanks for getting us to think and pray on this.

  3. Timely call to Reboot! What massive devastation and upheaval caused by a tiny invisible virus! It has taken humanity hostage. We need to Reboot to function in the divine Reset of the world. We must keep in mind the Covid-19 story is but a short paragraph in the big story of God! Our God is fully in charge and is in full control. TV Thomas, Regina

  4. Definitely a time of reflection on all levels for our routines have been seismically changed.

    Many thanks for sharing your reflections on the people of God and their reflections on similar profound and unexpected changes. In this time of disorientation and upheaval, the words of God again and again, provide clarity and purpose and wisdom.

    Peace & Joy

  5. Thank you Dr. Lawson for sharing this thought. Colossians 4:2 admonishes us, like a watchman to watch our lives and everything around us in prayer. In these times, we can only see the what God sees through Prayer. We watch the mind of God and fine tune our minds to his. In prayer we bring down the imaginations and thoughts that exalt themselves higher than the name of Jesus and hold every thought as this Corona and it’s supposed effects captive and bring every person’s understanding to the obedience of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Thank you Dr Lawson

  6. Lawson,
    Thanks for your reflection. This is certainly an opportunity for deep personal contemplation; Jesus follower or not. As this COVID-19 shutdown has enabled the air to clear all over our planet, I pray the relative quiet will clear people’s hearts (mine included) to see life as we have never seen it before.
    Bless you.

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