I’ve heard it mentioned that the current period of the Pandemic, with the “isolation and quarantine and masks and sickness and uncertainty”, reminds them of the “Twilight Zone”. The Twilight Zone was the name of a TV series that aired from 1959-1964. It was “spooky and eerie” and gave you the “willies”. It had this haunting theme song that began ….do do do do – do do do do – do do do do…..
Rod Stirling, the originator and producer started each show with the following:
“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.” …. do do do do – do do do do- do do do do….
Rod could have made a very effective episode based on the “Corona Virus Pandemic”… he could pan an empty football stadium…. then move to the empty church with a few people with masks. Then pan the riots with police officers with masks… do do do do – do do do do- do do do do….
Well, before I scare anyone, let me just say that this is not the Twilight Zone….. this is just life on this earth. Life can be crazy at times. Life is not predictable. Life often throws curve balls at us. Just when you think things are becoming “normal”, something new pops up.
Well, how do you maintain your equilibrium during uncertain times? My mother lived from 1912 to 1996 and saw a lot of craziness…. world wars, technological revolutions, major cultural change; during these changing times, she would often exclaim “what do people do who don’t have faith ?”
Truly faith in the Lord is the answer. The answer to maintaining our balance during these times is to stay rooted in the Lord…to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. As long as we’re anchored on Christ, the waves won’t knock us back. Jesus is the one that promises us peace. He told us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
So when things are crazy, when the devil is roaring like a lion, when we’ve been knocked back on our heals by sickness, tragedy, sorrow and even death, let us remember that Christ is with us. He is our shepherd and will not abandon us. He will give us his peace. And let’s remind each other that “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
So, let us forget about the Twilight Zone and “do do do do”…. and exclaim with a loud voice,
“Praise the Lord O my soul
I will praise the Lord as long as I live…