No matter who you are, this is a scary time to be a human – especially if you keep your focus on the world and what’s going on in it. It doesn’t have to be though. God is giving us a great opportunity to reset our priorities and transform our lives.
For those of us who complained about how busy we were, he removed most of our distractions.
For us folks who wanted to spend more quality time with our families, he gave us an opportunity.
For anyone who wanted to get in shape, now you have more time (you just might have to do it at home with YouTube videos, DVDs, or going outside, instead of the gym.)
Didn’t have time to cook healthy food before? Well, now you do!
If your house was a mess, now you have the opportunity to clean and organize it.
If you were constantly exhausted and needed more sleep, this is a gift.
All you amazing teachers out there: your students’ parents are going to appreciate you a whole lot more and those kids who complained about school just might miss it!
If you want to know Jesus better, what better time than now?
Only you have the power to choose how you view this isolation and what you do with it. Only you have the power to be responsible and physically distance yourself from others to halt the progression of the disease.
As a population, these circumstances are a call to action to revisit our priorities and shift them in meaningful ways – to find innovative and creative means to connect with our loved ones, churches, and communities, and to cultivate our relationships.
It’s time to reset.
If you’re not on the frontline, I lovingly submit, you need to get over yourself and stop making this harder for those who are. Stop risking other people’s lives. Stay home, follow the guidelines, and call, text, or PM someone you know in an essential industry and thank them.
Sometimes, we focus so much on what we lost that we cannot see what’s right in front of us. We’re all adjusting to the new “distancing” norm, but this could be God’s biggest blessing in disguise.
God is in all this. He is right here with us. We just have to trust him enough to make the most of it. Remember Romans 8:28 NIV – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Since you likely have some extra moments, use them to get outside of your own head and pray for our frontline heroes who expose themselves to this disease every day so our loved ones can find healing – our nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and entire healthcare staff need our prayers and cooperation right now.
Our essential industry/grocery store heroes who keep us supplied with food, toilet paper, medicine, and money deserve our praise, prayers, courtesy, and respect – after all, they’re exposing themselves to serve you – and their service keeps you from being a literal poopy mess. Thank them. Our government and church leaders also need our prayers and support as they search for solutions and make difficult decisions that impact us all.
If you are one of these heroes, I salute you. All these frontline warriors work hard and risk it all, including their families, for your peace of mind and comfort.
To everyone impacted, especially those on the frontline and their families, the elderly, those who are isolated, people who lost their livelihoods, and those touched by the illness, we love you and we are praying for you.
The only way we can get through this is together, by keeping God at the center of all we do.
Psalm 91 NLT – 1-6, 14-15
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.