My conversation with my Teaching Para yesterday. This is her first year with me.
Me- I just want one normal day in school.
My Para- What is a normal day like?
Me- We had them before COVID.
During what feels like this never ending pandemic, it is normal to wish for things to get back to normal.
But then even in the best of times, there is still that feeling that something isn’t quite right. We feel that there should be more to life than what this world has to offer.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
What is unseen is heaven our future home. Inwardly we know that this life of troubles is not meant for us. There has to be something more.
Hebrews 11 puts it this way in regards to the people of faith
Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
So while yes I do hope for an end to this pandemic and a return to the old normal, the old normal is not what I really long for in the long run. It is heaven with Jesus that I long for, but there are more people for me to share with in this life first.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
9 thoughts on “Longing for Normal?”
We have the same, “Something’s not quite right” feeling at my school too, Matt. The older I get, the more I long for our heavenly home as well. But, like you said, there is still much to do for the Lord here on earth.
Fortunately God knows the perfect time for Jesus’s return
One day those “off” feelings will be no more but in the meantime we have work to do in sharing His message of hope!
“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”
2 Corinthians 5:9
Amen to sharing his message of hope
Amen in Heaven with Jesus.
Amen and Amen. Thanks for sharing. We are not citizens of this world. It can never be normal here 😉
We journey through this life hoping to bring others with us to our eternal home
Matt, I think about my two daughters who teach, my former colleagues, and people like you frequently. Prayers seem never-ending, but it is a blessed journey to make for all educators. Everyone is longing for a return to more normal times.
Prayers are so appreciated. I wonder if more normal times will ever return but pressing on