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Navigating 'a new normal'

Rev. Billy Wayne Arrington • May 30, 2020 at 8:15 AM

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

We have heard repeatedly through the media, “When this pandemic is over, there will be a new normal.” There is no question things will be different. Some people like change and others do not. Regardless of what we want, due to things beyond our control, things will change.

Change can bring feelings of fear and uncertainty, even if it is for our own good. Our feelings can make us resist going forward, and often cause us to cling to things that offer false security. It is because those “things” are what we are comfortable with or what we deem as “normal.”

It is the same when it comes to our faith. It is often hard to yield to what God wants for us. We are sometimes afraid to trust Him or trust in what He might call us to do. We fear what we might have to give up or what He might ask of us.

For those who step out in faith to follow Christ, we are called to a “new normal.”

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17

Every day with Christ is a new normal. When we truly enter into a personal relationship with Him, we become new creations. Old things pass away. We then have a new normal. Things of this world become temporary. Our perspective changes. Things are different, but they are better. No matter what lies ahead, we have the calm assurance that God has our best interest in mind. Yes, the “new normal” in our lives may bring unknowns, but having Christ in our lives gives us the calm assurance that everything will be fine.

The Rev. Billy Wayne Arrington is founder and president of Vision Productions, Inc., which includes Billy Wayne Ministries, LampLight Theatre and The Emporium.

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