“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you”- Isaiah 26:3
These days are, well.. different, are they not? ‘Social distancing’, ‘sheltering in place’, and other terms currently being used are new to most all of us. People stockpiling toilet paper, grocery stores running low on supplies.. all of the uncertainty of what’s to come can create fear…if we let it. Let me encourage you today: This is not a time to shrink back, to allow fear to settle in our hearts, or to be anxious. This is a time of rest, reflection, and a time to push the reset button.
I have been home a lot since the health “stuff” hit me in May of 2018. You could say this quarantine doesn’t feel a lot different to me, given that I am still home much of the time. Being an only child, entertaining myself is nothing new, although recently I do catch myself thinking I can run to a few shops I frequent often, that are currently closed. One thing I’ve learned from walking through the past year and a half of health “stuff” at home is this: When you are forced to be quiet, be still, and think… things change.
We are busy, busy, busy in America. Hey, I’m not saying that being productive isn’t a good thing. I know many times I need a push to remind myself to get this or that done. But there is a difference between being productive and busy. Productivity produces an end result. Being busy can sometimes be a cover-up to neglect what is sitting in our spirits and in our hearts… Without all the distractions, we are forced to examine our hearts. How am I living my life? What is God up to?
My church is currently having services online (on Facebook- type in Christ Community Church, Camp Hill). While listening today, my Pastor spoke about this being a time to ‘reset’. This word was in my spirit as well as others I’ve been speaking to– this literally is a time to press the reset button on life. I am certainly not saying that this pandemic is a good thing–absolutely not. We are praying for an end to this in Jesus name. However, we are also praying for a spiritual awakening, a time of revival. I have seen more people truly connecting in this time of social isolation than I have in ‘normal’ day to day life. Maybe not face-to-face connecting, but getting down to saying what is important– I love you, I care about you, I’m praying for you. When the world has nowhere else to turn to, then they look to God. Let this be a time to remember that we should be looking to our good Father at all times, not just in times of crisis. We are promised abundant life.
We must continue to reach out to others during this time. Do not be afraid to step outside and speak to your neighbors. Of course, I still believe in being wise. We will continue to obey the practices set in place for us by our government, and keep our distances and practice proper hand washing and disinfecting. But physical distance does not mean disconnection. Send a text, write a letter, call, or whatever else you feel lead to do. We have been given an opportunity to show others what it looks like to walk out our faith.
I felt like God put this on my heart today. I do love the way He speaks to us, when we simply listen (and this is a good time to practice our listening skills). For those of you who have seen Mary Poppins (the 1964 version with Julie Andrews), I was reminded of this song this morning (funnily titled Chim Cher-ee– but very timely for this season we are in).
“Winds in the east, there’s a mist comin’ in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ’bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, But I feel what’s to happen all happened before. A father, a mother, a daughter a son. The threads of their lives unraveling undone. Somethin’ is needed to twist ’em as tight, like string you might use when you’re flyin’ a kite…”
The wind that has blown through has felt uncertain and strange. Unraveling threads as society sits back and has to be still. Take heart, and continue to bless and reach out to others during this time. Press reset on your life and watch the goodness that flows out of it!!
Keep loving and learning!