“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal” (John 12:24-25, The Message).
Sometimes to the untrained eye, growth looks like anything and everything but growth. It looks like chaos and disorder and destruction, not life.
But look at the seed. It first has to die before it can sprout and multiply. But you can’t keep digging up the seed to see if it’s growing yet. You have to leave it in the ground and trust that it is working.
Maybe that’s how the life of faith works — let God have His way in the secret and trust that He knows what He’s doing. Even in the midst of a pandemic. Even in 2020.