Are we there yet?
As restrictions start to be lifted, that cry from our childhood holidays, ‘are we there yet?’, comes easily to mind. The long journey seems to be nearing its end. But like our parents on holidays, we know that when we finally get there, work still has to be done: unpacking the car, feeding the kids, getting everyone to bed.
Before we arrive or rather get let out, this is a good time to reflect on this journey: it will give us wisdom and strength for the next stage of this pandemic: reconstructing our lives. What are the good things that have happened? No, not just cleaning out the cupboards. What are the bad things that have happened? No, not just being frustrated. And what were the God moments? We have all been stretched in ways we couldn’t have imagined in January. Now is the time to own them and get ready to build on them.
In spite of the gloomy economic predictions, I have great hope for the future. Yes, things may well be tough. But look at all the creative and funny things people have done, you have done, over this time. Some are trivial but some have far reaching implications. Like the team in Brisbane who developed a ventilator that costs one tenth of conventional ventilators. They not only thought outside the box, they thought outside of this country to the needs of the impoverished in third world. As we face ‘breaks in the supply chains’ let us drawn on what we have learnt from the good, bad and God moments of the past months. One of the most important things we can teach our children is to turn hard situations into something life-giving. That is Resurrection Life.
Loving God, we are now to start a new stage in this weird journey. Give me the wisdom and courage to face the challenges well, so that my child/ren may learn resilience and creativity from my way of acting. I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb