I am currently in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s got me thinking about how change can affect us. One moment, life is ‘normal’. The next, we are told we should stay away from people, for our safety and theirs. I’ve had to make changes to my routine. No longer do I get up to go to the gym. It’s closed. I no longer have to drive to work. I go down to my basement office setup. I am not alone.
While I feel a bit of a weird feeling being cooped up, I know there are many who have it much worse. People working in the service sector, food services, and what have been classified as ‘non-essential’. Those who can’t go into work or work remotely. The fear that can come when 1) we are unprepared financially or with a supply stock and 2) when will this end and everything go back to ‘normal’.
The same has happened with our churches. We can’t physically meet the way we are used to. We’ve had to change how we do things. The Elders at my church, have talked to other churches nearby and exchanged ideas on how to conduct services and to keep everyone encouraged. (I’ll share those ideas in my next post).
But what has been on my mind this week is this: what is really important? When I look at our church programs that can’t run due to the isolation, what is really important that can still happen? We haven’t been hit with a natural or other disaster that has taken out our (now) primary way of communicating: phone and internet. It’s the people who matter, the connections we have, the friendships we have.
How about your family? Many of us live close in the same cities but don’t see each other often. Call them.
We can look at this time as a disaster. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are people dying because of it. It’s terrible. But don’t get caught up in the fear and uncertainty. Use it as an opportunity to reconnect.
John 14:27 Peace I Leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (ESV)