I had first heard of the novel Coronavirus in early January when I was on a winter vacation to Mexico. At that point, little was known about the virus and I, like many Americans, wrote it off as a disease in some distant land that would never really impact me, much like that of Ebola or Zika that have occurred in my lifetime. I could have never imagined what would come just three short months later.
Life as we know it changed forever.
Adjusting to life in lock down was hard, and I anticipate the adjustment to the “new normal” will be as well. While I look forward to the day that a vaccine allows us to formally return to our normal lives, attending sporting events, and being able to hold large gatherings, the reality is the best science says that will not be a reality broadly until at least this time next year. My heart hurts typing those words. Yet, I must resist the urge to just wish away the next twelve months. God has made something abundantly clear to me during this time in isolation- we have been called for this time and to be in this place. He has a plan and something to teach each of us.
If we have had the chance to meet, you know I am a “go go go” individual. Isolating and being in lockdown has been particularly hard. But in many ways, it’s been good. I had read the words in Psalm 46:10 many times before. But now for the first time in my life, I am able to fully appreciate the beauty of this passage. In the stillness, in the quiet, I am reminded of the power and majesty of our God. During the moments when I have felt weak and powerless in the face of an enemy I don’t quite understand, I am reminded that there is nothing that our God cannot do; He will be exalted over this world. When I feel most alone, and loneliness creeps into my thoughts, I am reminded of the words we read in Psalm 23:6 “surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.” The world we live in is anything but calm, but it has opened the door for us to truly be still. This time of physical quiet has opened the door for each of us to have a spiritual awakening in our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
While the world looks to begin a slow phased reopening and folks (me included) chomp at the bit to get back to work, take the Lord up on his offer to truly “be still” before the full lockdown ends. For me, He has reminded me of some of the foundational truths of faith that I hadn’t had the chance to rest in for quite some time. I wonder what He might want to say to you today?
Worship the Lord with me today by listening to “Be Still” by Hillsong Worship.