Dear Calvin Family,
Yesterday was “hump day” and tomorrow is “May Day.” What do you think of when you hear, “May Day”? When I was young and living in a really small town (named Farmer City, honestly), May 1st was a day we would bring a basket of goodies and place it on a friend’s front porch. This was to celebrate the beginning of Spring, about halfway between the Spring equinox and Summer solstice. Perhaps Pastor Babcock or Lynne could tell us about the four Celtic “cross quarter days” that are celebrated halfway between solstices and equinoxes; maybe they don’t do that anymore. This May Day thing also brings to mind a Maypole dance and kids tangling up the May Day queen or king. I don’t think I ever participated in that type of thing, or if I did, probably wouldn’t admit it.
Or, perhaps you think of the May Day parades in communist countries, showing off the military hardware, which also came to celebrate spring and power and nationalism.
We radio people think of “Mayday” as a verbal “SOS.”
Or, do you think of “only three days until Star Wars day”? “May the 4th (force) be with you.”
Or four days to Cinco de Mayo?
I know many of you are thinking this day, when will we be allowed to go back to work, school, church? We have had about 36 days of this pandemic. The governor said we would open-up on May 1st, then yesterday he said May 15. Haven’t we had enough with the whole family stuck at home together. The kids are now homeschooled (and they thought homeschooling allowed the kids to play all day), mom or dad is a teacher, mom or dad working from home, we can’t go anywhere, etc. etc. Times are hard.
What is your mindset during this time? I know most of you, and you have always seemed to have a good attitude. Well, at church. What is your attitude, your mentality, while quarantined at home? They say one’s true character is only evident when no one else is around, when the door is closed.
The great “faith chapter” in Hebrews is worth another read. Read Hebrews 11. You have heard it all before, maybe even from one or two or ten of the devotionals the elders have prepared. What are some of the key words you saw in your reading? You can’t miss, “By faith.” Then there are “assurance,” “escaped,” “promised,” “died or death.”
The last paragraph, Heb 11:39-40, says, “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.“
We are not to complain, be envious of others, wish to be removed from this pandemic, succumb to temptation, second guess the magistrates, or even maybe not receive what was promised to you. Did your boss promise they will bring you back to work after the pandemic? Did someone else make a promise to you? Well, don’t count on it. Don’t put your “faith” in temporal things. “God had provided something better for us.” Faith in God will bring you endurance to get through this thing. Endure and some day this will be over. Or maybe not, but have faith and endurance, and your crown awaits.
And as you live through this time, make it the best time you can. Make a May Day basket. Get the kids to do a Maypole dance. Rent one or all the Star Wars movies for Monday. Order some Mexican food for Tuesday. Give praise to God in all things.
Blessings to you all!
—Elder Tom Sharp