One lesson I’m learning through this quarantine: there is always room for the things that really matter.
During these months I’ve not been frantically busy, rushing to meetings, running out to lunch and quickly ducking in the store. Instead, I’ve found quiet. I’ve lingered over my morning time with the Father. I’ve emailed and texted and talked on the phone without interruptions pushing in on me.
In these moments, for you and for me, we are reminded of how much people matter.
Conversations with those around us are less hurried. Family movie night is relaxed. Easy dinners are enjoyed outside.
And when a need arises, we’re available to fill it. Our whole schedule doesn’t need to be reorganized because we’re free to jump in and help.
Here’s the big question:
How can we take this with us when quarantine ends; these lessons in priority and availability – the things that really matter?
When all of this social distancing and shelter-in-place ends, I believe we’ll be different people, and in a good way.
Maybe we’ll have learned that there’s always room for the things that really matter.
Lord Jesus, we are weary from this virus. We admit that it scares us and sometimes it seems to shake our faith. We are burdened by what we see on TV, what we hear from government leaders, what we feel as people die in mass numbers, yet all alone. And with the loosening of restrictions, we are anxious in a new way. We need the kind of rest that only You can give us, peaceful rest for our minds and our hearts in this time and space. We so want to trade our yoke for Yours, that You would lead us; that we could learn to be more like You. Guide us to gentleness and humility during days when we feel vulnerable and frantic and fear-filled. Show us how to carry the burdens of others by the strength that comes from You. We need You – oh, we need you. Every day, every hour, every minute, we need You. Thank you, Jesus, for answering our prayers. Amen.
today is a good day!