We can’t keep saying ‘what an odd year’ forever, but in reality, it's true. This last year has been a traumatic one for so many of us. In this season of struggle, we have seen a number of things come to light that we sensed but maybe failed to fully understand.
I love the riddle, ‘How you do cook a frog?’ If you drop a frog in to a boiling pan of water they will always jump out. But if you put a frog in a cold pan and slowly turn up the heat, you will boil it alive.
We have been boiling ourselves alive for years and we didn’t realise it.
The western consumeristic culture, workloads and world views that focus on us being the centre of the world have been boiling us alive and the pandemic has brought to light a lot of this.
The other area that has come to light is that many of us Christians aren’t as rooted in our spiritual disciplines as we thought. We have been able to sustain a spirituality based upon Sunday attendance but when this has been removed so has our source of spiritual sustenance.
Psalm 34 v 21 in The Message translation reads “The wicked commit slow suicide; they waste their lives hating the good”.
This phrase ‘slow suicide’ is exactly what so many of us believers have been committing for years. We have been only half-heartedly investing into the disciplines of our faith and when the wilderness season has come along, we are now struggling to sustain ourselves. Many of us are finding our faith wasn’t as strong as we thought, our disciplines weren’t as disciplined, we weren’t drinking always from the fountain of the Spirit but the fountain of ‘church attendance’ or something similar.
So, what do we do? How do we ignite our faith or deepen our spiritual disciplines?