Quarantined – a word most of us never thought would apply to us. Maybe to someone we know. Or maybe not. Forced to stay home, away from family and friends. Apart from our usual activities and normal routines. Forced to slow down, to come face to face with our humanity, and what truly lies within.
Too often, it is the busyness of achieving, the never-ending to-do-lists and ceaseless family activities, the noise of our everyday lives that drowns out the gasps of our soul – gasps asking us for rest, for solitude, for time to spend at the feet of King Jesus.
At first, we try to resist. We cry out for a return to “normal.” But as the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months, we slowly begin to realize that what we thought was normal may not have been all we thought it was, and we come face to face with the poverty of our very own souls.
But now, we have a gift. It isn’t a gift anyone would ask for, nor one we probably wouldn’t gladly return. No, the gift is not a virus that is wreaking physical, social, and economic devastation on everyone in the world.
We have the gift space. Margin. With no kids activities to run to from night to night and no galas, balls, and fundraisers to attend, we have an opportunity. An opportunity to take an inward look to see ourselves in a new light.
Undistracted by the noise. Unhurried by the activities. We have the opportunity to stand before the mirror of God’s love and discover who we really are and who he made us to be. Don’t be fooled. There still exist many distractions calling us, wooing us, distracting us into a state of total numbness.
But push back. Use this time, a time you’ve never had before, and may never have again (at least this way, hopefully), to spend time in reflection. Who is God? How has the death and resurrection of Jesus changed your life? What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you now?
Reflect on Psalm 139:23-24:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Today’s Journaling Reflections:
- How have you responded to the social distancing requirement and isolation?
- Has your response changed over the past six weeks?
- What is one thing God has revealed to you during this season?