I have worn more sweat pants over the last four weeks than I think I have in my entire life. These last few weeks have been trying to figure out my routines. Things are not the same a they were before the stay at home orders. I would say in some ways it has been good and in some ways it has been difficult. Certainly things I tried to do early in the process are not happening nearly as often today. Things like wearing dress pants and dress shirt even when I have to come into the office has been lost as the weeks have gone on. Even getting up early to be in the “office” (my kitchen table) by 8am has not happened. Some things are never going to be the same.
17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:17, 26-29 ESV
As I was thinking about it this week I was thinking about the Lord Supper. How Jesus took something they had been doing in the Passover/Sabbath meal and tweaked it. He took something in their routine and made it that much more meaningful. I imagine the very next week when they got together for Sabbath meal they sat in awe of the moment it could never be the same. They couldn’t look at it the same way. When those disciples sat together and ate the meal together everything was different.
Lots of things we have done these last few weeks will not be the same. Hopefully you and I can consider some new routines that glorify Jesus. I know for me one of those things will to be to appreciate the power of being together in worship and most especially the gathering around the Lords table. I also pray for me that this routine of being in the word more outside of class will continue into the future. What are the things in your new routine you want to keep? What things will you cherish more? What things do you want to get back? Jesus comes to bring change, may that change help us all grow in our trust in Him.