An acorn, dropping from a tree, hit Chicken Little on the head, which she assumed was the sky crumbling, causing her to throw her whole town into a panic with her announcement: “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” In March, 2020, another ‘acorn’ dropped, prompting the entire globe to close its doors, its borders and its businesses. Within weeks, news headlines blared the worsening situation, providing a perfect opportunity to fearmongers to be about their fiendish version of Chicken Little’s announcement. Soon, political finger-pointing took center stage, each party gleefully accusing the other of creating the ‘acorn’ in the first place. Some un-centered church voices recklessly turned up the volume on the mounting turmoil. Overnight, a civil war erupted between maskers and non-maskers, vaxxers and non-vaxxers, each group calling down proverbial ‘fire from heaven’ against their opponents. Doom-and-gloom was the flavor of the year. Vitriol singed every sector of society. Fear and frustration reached fever pitch. It was the heyday for hyperbole. Armageddon and its apocalyptic warnings were heard in the streets. As time wore on, schools and restaurants and grocery stores and businesses from A-to-Z declared that there would be no returning to normal. Everything had changed and there was no going back. The world, and everything everyone knew, had changed forever – (gasp).

Except God. The One who fashioned the globe at Creation, the One who, in Revelation 22, invites us to come to His wedding banquet, has not changed, has not been affected, has not wavered, has not panicked. He stands eternally tall above the fray, beckoning all who will, to come away to His quiet, to know His peace, to rest weary heads beside His quiet waters, to be reminded of a Love which beggars the imagination. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the church at Ephesus, sets aside his stern teacher tone and waxes poetic about it like this:  “How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding – this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!” Ephesians 3:19, TPT. To which I pray: More, Lord!  PD

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