A hillside in Wales

I have just been out to the fields this morning to check the horses and all was peaceful. They remain unperturbed by national or global events, the cycle of the seasons remains unchanged, and the flow and pattern of life for them continues as normal.

But for people, this season has been full of changes. We have experienced a completely new, unique, and that overused word unprecedented, time. It has taken everyone by surprise and for many, what was normal has been put on hold.

A season of change

Here in Wales, due to the coronavirus, our normal is now ’stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.’ People are getting understandably angry with those who do not conform and abide with that instruction. These are the circumstances that we have had to adapt to.

If your identity then is rooted in your normal, your work, travel, sport or social life, this can be so unsettling. You see normal is a measure of conformity – the accepted pattern of behaviour, that society sets. So without your normal, who are you?

A time to reflect

A time, maybe, to re-evaluate what really matters. When we love the Lord, even in the middle of uncertainty, our identity is rooted in who we are in him. We are being conformed to his image, that is our normal. We are secure in him, and everything that really matters is unchanged.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39

This post is the part of the Five Minute Friday link up – . We write for five minutes on a one word prompt – today’s word was ‘normal.’

Some of the other linkups I join can be found here.

4 thoughts on “Normal

  1. ‘Be conformed unto your God’
    can be quite a trip,
    and some will think it really odd
    that He chased folks with a whip
    when they profaned Father’s house
    with commercial wares;
    He sure was no dormouse;
    Big J could frighten bears!
    Thus we have to take account
    not only of His piety,
    but of the varied amount
    of facets, the entirety
    of His nature, thus refined,
    the human matched with the divine.

    #1 at FMF this week.

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