In light of the Christmas season, I thought that this week's conversation would deal with the less-than-perfect year of 2020. What have you learned from the events surrounding the year?

I think it's been a difficult lesson to learn — especially in terms of losses we've endured. There is a commercial airing on television that says the Covid -19 virus doesn't care about what it does to its victims. It doesn't care about your job, who you're around and who you may infect. And that's true. 

But now there are vaccines for Covid-19. However, healthcare professionals have a warning:  Don't let your guard down until given the all clear. 

By now, we should be aware that front line healthcare workers are getting the first round of vaccines. Then come the elderly and those who have a greater risk of severe illness or even death from Covid-19. Finally come the younger and strongest of the population.

Back some time ago, I was asked to write an Advent devotional at church.  I wrote about God being all-knowing, which has come up in recent conversations regarding how God is all powerful in the current pandemic. 

Two examples came to mind. First, the story of our two cats who were moved to a new house and second, a bird's eye view of the Rose Bowl parade.

Some years ago, we sold our home quickly and had to find a house to lease until we could find a home to buy. Now you may be wondering how this all fits together to make the point that God knows what is best for us before we do.

The leased house was to be a transition home for us for a few months until we could find another house to live in long term. We had one son in college at Auburn and the other in high school. We also had a dog and two cats. The son living at home, his brother who visited from college, and the dog made the transition to the temporary house with no problem.  

The cats were a different story. 

The house we sold was on a safe and quiet cul-de-sac. The transition house was on a very busy street. 

Our cats had been used to spending lots of time outdoors and couldn't understand why we were keeping them inside — away from the street. They would sit and stare out the windows for hours, meowing as if to say, "Please let us out." 

Although Paula and I sympathized with the cats, we also knew how dangerous it would be to let them out. We knew what was best for them, but they were not buying. 

The next house was on a cul-de-sac, safe and welcoming. By the time they were acclimated to the new home, the cats had forgotten about the interim house and having to stay inside for a relatively short time. 

A similar story has to do with the Rose Bowl parade. If you've ever been to the giant spectacle in Pasadena you know that good, curbside seats are hard to find. But even with good seats, you can only see a block or two of the parade. 

However, our Heavenly Father has the best seat in the house. From his vantage point looking down on the streets, He can see all the way from the beginning to the end of the parade ... every twist and turn, every stalled unit along the parade route that caused temporary delays.

How often have you questioned God's knowing what's best for you? Believers know that Our Heavenly Father understands what's best for us and will show us the way ... even through this horrible pandemic. 

His hand is still in all of these times.

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