In the past two months, our fast-paced lives have come to a screeching halt. The pandemic has definitely put a brake on most of what takes us out and about.
But while staying put physically, our minds and spirits are being drowned by the perpetual influx of discouraging headlines.
How do we stay afloat?
This little hymn provides two tips on how to make the best of your time at home. Can you identify them?
“There is a quiet place, far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind
Sheltered by tree and flower
There in my quiet hour with Him, my cares are left behind
Whether a garden small, or on a mountain tall
New strength and courage there I find
Then from this quiet place I go prepared to face
A new day, with love for all mankind”
The first way to use the time we have is in spending it in communion with God. You probably don’t have to make the morning drive to work or drop the kids off at school now. Why not spend those extra moments seeking God in prayer and a study of His Word?
Try to find a quiet space in your home or outside in nature, if possible. There, you will find comfort and strength for your heart. His promises will be a balm of peace for your troubled mind. Basking in the sunshine of His presence, you can soak in His calm and assurance.
This first point leads to the second way of using isolation time: We can be a channel to light up the hurting world all around us. Even if you are not on the front lines fighting the virus, you can still make a difference! Do you know someone living alone in this time of isolation? Give them a call! Send a word of encouragement to a sick person. Or support a grieving family.
And most importantly, we can simply choose to be delightful housemates as we hole up together with family or friends at home!
Social isolation provides us the opportunity to invest in two things that matter eternally: loving God supremely and our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-40.