Have you heard the word “pivot” enough in the last 12 months? We hear so often about how things have changed in the past year, how much we have had to change, and the ways in which our gatherings, worship, churches, school and businesses have changed. “We’ve all had to pivot” is now a common way to describe the experience of all these changes.
This word, pivot, with its two quick syllables, can be used as a noun, adjective or verb. I’ve mostly heard it used as a verb: pivoted; pivoting; pivots. We all know what is meant when we hear this word, but this is what Merriam-Webster says:
Definition of pivot:
1: noun - a shaft or pin on which something turns; a person or thing that is central or important to someone or something else
2: verb - to turn on or around a central point; pivot on/around something; the action of turning around a point; pivoting
I like some synonyms for pivot as a verb because they relay the dizzying feeling of my experience this past year: -revolve, roll, rotate, spin, swirl, swivel, turn, twirl, twist, wheel, whirl. Just reading these words one right after the other makes me feel like taking some Dramamine! Yet, this experience of continually pivoting has given us practice at what we try to do as Christians – keep our focus on Jesus! Keeping him as our pivot (to use it as a noun) helps stop the dizziness and bring steadiness and clear vision.
These next 9 months may bring about just as many changes as the last 12. But we have a pivot, a “person that is central” to all that we do and are. It is around the risen Christ we pivot, and he saves us, keeps us, restores us.
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!
God’s Resurrection Peace to you,
(with thanks to Mary Morrow, our Synod Director
for Evangelical Mission, for this article)