It can be hard to believe we’ll ever be back to normal life, can’t it?
We’ve lived so long in this pandemic-induced limbo that sometimes it doesn’t seem plausible that our regular lives will ever resume. It can seem like this state of suspended animation will drag on and on and leave our usual way of life just out of reach.
We might hear of other countries where day-to-day life is approaching normalcy, but this almost seems like a rumour intended to taunt us.
It can feel the same way in the bitter depths of winter, too. We get so accustomed to the frigid temperatures, bare trees and snow-covered landscapes that it’s hard to believe there’s such a thing as summer.
This feeling of incredulity reminds me of a quotation from John Crowley’s fantasy novel, “Little, Big”:
“Love is a myth,” Grandfather Trout said. “Like summer.”
“In winter,” Grandfather Trout said, “summer is a myth. A report, a rumour. Not to be believed in. Get it? Love is a myth. So is summer.”
This passage speaks of romantic love, but I think this quotation applies equally well to the way God sometimes works in our lives.
In “winter” seasons of our lives, when things aren’t going well for us, it seems like the status quo will drag on and on. We’re skeptical that anything could ever change. The idea that things will someday turn around for us seems like a cruel rumour, something it’s not safe to believe in.
But as we know, love, like summer, is not a myth or a rumour.
Neither is God’s goodness.