As Boris started talking about how we are to come out of lockdown so a number of reporters began writing of people’s fears about the process and what life post-lockdown would be like. Usually, I’m a sceptic where news reports are involved because I think much of what I hear and read is supposition on the part of the reporter. On the subject of coming out of lockdown, I think the reporters are right. I have heard several people express concern and fear for the future as they consider life post-lockdown.
Watching the news over the last week of the protests in London it’s clear that for a sizeable group lockdown is already history. Add to that group of protesters those on the beaches, in the parks and visiting National Trust properties it’s clear the threat and fear of COVID 19 has diminished in the minds of a sizeable minority: optimism bias.
Optimism bias is the belief that bad things might happen to others but they won’t happen to me. It’s unrealistic and can give one a sense of invulnerability. Its opposite number is a cognitive distortion which in various situations always expects the worst to happen; ‘bad things always happen to me.’ Both are wrong. Over the period of lockdown, I think many of us are missing the company of family and friends, the chance for conversation over coffee after the service, sharing meals and just being normal. As a result, we find our minds playing tricks on us. Fears grow disproportionately, small anxieties become big, our assurance & confidence seems to shrivel.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
The rock of our salvation is immovable. He does not change and He is never taken by surprise. I have no idea what the future holds and we can think of many things to cause us to worry and fret but let us seek to lay those burdens, fears and dark thoughts at the cross. I know that is easy to write and say and difficult to do. But He is a friend who doesn’t want us to beg and grovel desperately asking for help. He is a friend who delights in his children when they turn to Him as a loving parent seeking His love and comfort.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and for ever. Amen. Jude 24-25
May the Living God pour out the blessings of his grace upon each one of us and grant us peace in Christ Jesus. Amen.
John and Kathryn