An Observation (March 25, 2020)

I should like to share some personal thoughts and observations on the positive side of this Coronavirus crisis that I have entitled, ‘Ten Things I Have Noticed in my Neighborhood Lately’:

1. Job Losses and Gains - In spite of job losses, other job markets are being created.  Food delivery services are being bombarded with opportunities to continue working and serving the public.  Grocery markets are hiring as they are being overrun with customers looking to stock up a little extra. 

 

2. Corporate Support – I have been getting all kinds of emails from businesses like banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other retailers who are ‘working with’ their clients in helping them with extended times limits and reduced interest rates. 

 

3. Family Time – Since we are being ‘quarantined’ in our homes, we are spending time with our families.  More board games are being purchased and played as more families are being creative in how they interact with each other and enjoy the blessing of being family.

 

4. Outdoor Joy – As I ride my ElliptiGO around I am noticing more people out and about, walking dogs, walking in a single file line (6’ apart), riding bikes, and enjoying nature.  It’s amazing how God has blessed us with the right amount of rain and sunshine to wash away the mean and rejuvenate the green.

 

5. Cooperation – Even though many people struggle with these new limitations, they are being very creative in how they adapt to this new norm.  Spring cleaning has come early to many homes.  Gardening and flower arranging has taken off early as more and more people are enjoying the greenness of their thumbs.

 

6. Being Neighborly – I have noticed a more receptive attitude with my neighbors as of late.  I wrote them all a little note and put it on their doors with something to encourage and make them aware of our live-streaming service times, and such. 

 

7. What Traffic? – I made it across town last week in record time.  It would seem that getting around has become more efficient as there are less people on the roads.  While the reason for this may be unfortunate, the benefit of it helps those who need to get to where they are going.

 

8. Encourage the Troops – Like in any battle, you have your front line warriors who are out there engaging the public; we call them first responders.  However, the new version of them shows up as grocery clerks, stockers, truck drivers, fast-food cooks, food delivery people and the like.  Be sure to thank them all for their service.

 

9. Church Attendance – Have you noticed how more and more people are logging on to church live-streams and taking in the worship and teaching.  You never appreciate something until you lose it; such is the case with all of our churches.  God bless the many men and women of God who are advancing God’s Kingdom.

 

10. Burglars & Crime – It would seem that the bad guys are taking a break from their craft in light of this virus.  Nobody wants to steal a toaster and get a virus at the same time.   I am thinking with the amount of prayer that is going up right now, we are seeing the beginning of a much needed revival!

 

About 20 years ago we experienced 911 and the aftermath that came from it.  During that time people were pulling together like never before.  One person said of that time, ‘I am not sure I want it to go back to the way it was before.’  How like today we are pulling together, helping each other, and looking out for each other.

 

Many stores are opening early specifically for individuals who are 60 years and older or have vulnerable conditions. Here is a list of the most well-known shopping establishments and their specialized hours:

-Target 7-8am (Wednesdays)

-Ralphs 7-7:30am (Thursdays)

-Vons/Albertsons/Safeway/Pavilions 7-9am (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

-Costco 8-9am (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

-Smart & Final 7:30-8am

-Walmart 6-7am

-Whole Foods 8-9am

-Stater Bros 7:45-8am

 

I encourage you all to be ‘Jesus with skin on’ for the world to see.  This is our finest hour church.  People are asking me, what do you think is going to happen with all of this.  I tell them, this can go two ways, a full blown apocalypse in which we know where we’re going.  Or, a radical recovery such as the likes we have not seen.  It will be like a post WW2 economic boom that will send our nation, and the world, forward.  Our president has displayed stellar leadership (even though the media doesn’t acknowledge it) and he will be remembered and recognized at the voting booths in November.

 

What the enemy meant for evil, God will turn into something beautiful.  Let this revival begin with you.  Allow your own life to change for the better and trust in the Lord for His supernatural provision for you and for your family.  As Sonny Harrison put it, ‘God is able to put food on the table.’  We serve a faithful God.

 

Please take a moment to watch our instruction video on online giving. If you have any questions or would like further assistance please call our church office at (310) 329-6933.

 

Blessings to you all,

Pastor Rob Lee

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