How are you doing? That is question that is often asked when we meet up with people that we have not seen for a long time. As we begin to see more and more people, this could become one of the most used phrases. My challenge for us all is, how honest will we be in our answers?
Frustrated. That is a way I have felt at times. Time seems to be so deceptive. At first, it may seem like you have so much of it and would be able to fit in so many additional activities. Some may have hoped to learn additional skills or complete projects that have been on hold. But the challenge of balancing the new normal has caused so many to find this season frustrating.
There is a gap. What is your gap? Spend some time this week considering the things that you are frustrated about. Think about how you can begin to close the gap on one or two of the activities on your lock-down wish list. Be realistic about what it is that you can achieve.
In Romans 3:23, we read about another gap that exists. This is the gap of sin. Paul writes, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This is a place of frustration, especially for those he spoke to who believed that, if they lived a religious or moral life, they were close to God. The gap of sin is so great though, that good behaviour cannot close it. But verse 24 gives us the hope we need to deal with the frustration of sin, “And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
As we consider how we can close the gap this half term, let us begin by remembering that the ultimate gap of sin has already been closed. That is something to celebrate, amid all the frustration!