Does today feel like Groundhog Day?

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You’re probably familiar with the movie Groundhog Day which, believe it or not, was released way back in 1993. In the movie, a guy called Phil – who is a weatherman played by Bill Murray, finds himself trapped in a day that repeats itself over… and over… and over again.

No matter what Phil does, every morning when the alarm clock goes off, there he is – repeating the same day.

A bunch of different people have even spent the time calculating how many equivalent days Phil would have needed to spend to develop mastery in piano playing, ice sculpting and french poetry – in addition to the 38 days that are shown in the movie and the 414 other days that are just referred to… and those estimates range from 10 years to just under 34 years!

Over the last year I’ve experienced quite a few days where it has felt like I was stuck in a groundhog day experience. And the feeling of being stuck, or of being trapped in a groundhog day experience doesn’t just apply to coronavirus lock downs.

In the early days after my previous marriage broke down I remember wondering if I would every be happy again, or if my life was going to always be as hard as it felt at that point in time. You might also be feeling like you never have any time to yourself, because you’re busy caring for young children – or because you’re a single parent, or because you’ve got a demanding career, or because you’re struggling with finances.

It’s important to realise that just like Phil wasn’t able to suddenly snap himself out of his never ending groundhog day, and we’re not able to change the weather from winter to spring, or from summer to autumn, or from whatever to whatever – we’re also not in control of the seasons we find ourselves in.

So where does that leave us?

The first verse of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. The one thing seasons do, is they continually change – unlike Groundhog day – they don’t stay the same. In the darkest part of winter we can look forward to spring, when the bushfires are raging in summer, then we know that the cooler weather that Autumn brings is going to bring some relief.

The passage we just looked at says that everything has its time and season.

Everything includes coronavirus, and everything also includes the season and the struggle that you find yourself in right now. The world is definitely in crisis right now, and if you’re in the midst of your own personal crisis I want you to hear me clearly.

This is a season, and the season WILL change.

You might be wondering how I have the confidence to say that – because we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.

Well, let’s take a look at Genesis chapter 8. We’re going to take a close look at verse 22. Now at this point in Genesis, we’ve just had the great flood and Noah and his family have just left the ark. Noah’s built an altar to the Lord and he’s sacrificed burnt offerings. And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and he says to himself (so this is God talking to himself) as long as the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

So we’re guaranteed the seasons will change.

Let’s ask ourselves – Is the earth still here? Is it still enduring?

Yep, yep it is.

So this season WILL change.

When it comes to the weather and when it comes to the seasons of life there really is nothing permanent except for God and his promises.

So what can we do?

Well, we do everything we can to outlast this season and to help our fellow human beings to outlast this season too – because although (just like Phil in Groundhog day) we can’t control WHEN our current season and starts and finishes – we are ABSOLUTELY in control of the choices we make and the actions we take.

If that means staying home, then we do that for a bit – if that means being part of an essential service, then we do that.

If that means caring for and advocating for your children, then do that and if it means starting a period of study or education in preparation for your next season – then do that.

In the meantime, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the kingdom of God and about the only one in the universe who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Until next time, blue skies!

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