I am excited because my tomato and cucumber plants are beginning to bloom. In fact, one tomato plant has a couple of very small tomatoes developing. The flowers are blooming and growing every day. The grass is green along with weeds, well, growing like weeds. I rejoice in these places of normalcy in a world that is anything but.
Our Covid-19 world is not back to normal. Most assumed a few weeks ago that once we reached May we would pick our lives right back up and move on. That is not the case. Many businesses are still closed or modified. Unemployed workers and business owners are getting more anxious by the day. Church members are yearning to gather in physical community again. But the waiting continues.
I am going to water my garden and flowers and sprinkle a little more fertilizer. Weeds need to be sprayed or pulled. I can do some work, but I cannot make the tomatoes produce on my timeline. Flowers will bloom as they bloom. My task is to do a little and wait.
I invite you to do the same. Do what you can to make the lives of others better in this anxiety filled time. Churches, do what you can to continue to nurture and grow disciples of Jesus Christ. Then wait. Wait for the all-clear to gather safely again. Watch for the goodness of the Lord blooming all around us.