Southerners know all about waving. We’ve been doing it since babes in strollers. A long-held, winsome and pleasant greeting, but one I find waning. My husband and I went off to Canada and Rhode Island, a 12-year absence. My entry back to southern life gave me fresh eyes to notice the waves were not so frequent when we returned.
I wasn’t sure what to think. It made me wonder if people were less friendly now. Was the darkness we dealt with almost daily in other places seeping into our quaint state, quieting this joyful greeting? Maybe people were just tired and scenical. We’re we becoming divided as the media seems intent on telling us? Whatever the reason, the wave seemed just about gone!
This week, I’m happy to report, the wave is back. Because of our Covid-19 isolation, the Body of Christ gathered in clusters all over the world to talk to one another through the use of Zoom and likely some other apps. Joy and anticipation were palpable as our Hope Sunday School class met at 5 p.m. on Sunday. You better believe we all were waving to one another. It was so sweet and the meeting was one we are still pondering.
But this is not the only place people are waving:
I saw a video of teachers in their vehicles, parading through neighborhood streets waving to their students who were waiting for them to come by. Talk about sweet!
The IMB(International Mission Board) reported small groups waving to one another through screens as they met together through the magic of technology. They spoke of how each felt like family and this helped them overcome the negatives of quarantine.
2 teachers in Texas called the parents of their students ahead of time. They made a poster that said, “Hi!! I miss you so so much! Can’t wait to see you! (online),” The parents made sure their children were in the yard when the teachers drove by waving with the poster displayed.
On a newscast, I saw a sign that said, “Wave. Don’t Shake.”
Many family members can’t visit their loved ones in long term care facilities right now. Ever determined, some station themselves outside and talk to their loved one on phones through the window, waving to one another.
There’s something about waving that sends a friendly and hopeful message. It’s a child-like and disarming form of communication. My hope is the wave resurgence is part of our new normal.
Until then, remain in isolation. If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus, isolate joyfully. Love the ones you’re with. And let God’s Word come alive in your life. Remember those simple commands scattered in the New Testament? They offer practical help every day, but certainly are useful now. Here’s just a few:
Do everything without grumbling or complaining.
Put one another before yourself.
Get rid of malice and filthy language on your lips.
Be quick to listen and slow to speak.
Keep your eyes from seeing anything worthless.
The Fruit of the Spirit
In addition, do simple tasks:
Cook a healthy recipe or make a healthy snack
Write a letter
Send a card
Throw away things
There’s so much to do. As my husband says often during this time, “Embrace the peace.”
Until life gets back to the workday schedule again, and as we adjust to a new normal, I say, “Embrace the wave.”
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10