During the past year I have heard, read and watched how this pandemic has caused society to turn upside down.
Society was locked down, friends, families, and neighbors all lived behind closed doors. Some lived in fear, anxiety and depression. It brought with it financial decline and unemployment. Some contracted the virus and recovered, while others sadly died.
It was a disheartening time to see and hear that Churches would have to lock down too. Wait, What!? You mean to say that Christians could not gather to praise and worship God together in fellowship? That’s crazy. But it was so.
But Christians, followers of Christ Jesus were given by God a different direction. Everybody collectively put their heads together for a commonality we all share. Jesus.
Churches began to put services online, dropping materials [ and meals ] off to homes, fellowship, zoom meetings and get togethers. Not to mention praising and worshiping by different mediums. I’ve even heard of some churches having services on their lawns, all the while practicing social distancing.
Friends, families, and neighbors resiliently found ways to interact and be together too. While heartbroken and saddened people took to their phones, zoom and online. While home, folks learned to slow down. Some for the first time having genuine quality time with each other and even learning some new household skills along the way. For those who were working from home, many got to be stay at home parents, at least for a while anyway.
Most people looked out for each other, friends, family and neighbors checked on each other even if by phone, dropping meals off and I heard for many, Holiday meals and side dishes were traded from car to car. Then eaten at home with their families and sometimes with extended family members via internet, zoom or another medium. Wow! That was amazing.
Then there’s me
Things didn’t change much. You see I have severe anxiety and panic attacks, along with chronic illnesses and fibromyalgia. I was perfectly content without going out of my house. I clamored around my days doing what I normally do including my daily activities with God.
You know spending time with him in his word, reading, writing, worshiping him while I played my favorite worship songs and listening to K-Love radio. I did my crafts. I usually watch church online anyway and participate in an online Bible study. I prefer reading over TV, but I do watch TV.
Did I go out? Sometimes. The masks have caused me to have several panic attacks while in the store in which I cried. They made me feel like a sheeple which I am not. But yes I’ll be safe for you and me.
Social distancing worked out great for me because, well I’m not a fan of crowds. Therefore, I was not being crowded, saving me from anxiety and panic. I’m a home body. What a lifesaver Walmart pick-up is. I use it all the time now. I do go out shopping and out to eat with one of my friends sometimes. She is my friend in Christ and I visit with her.
You know the funny thing? Me, who has severe anxiety did not feel anxious through it all. I was not afraid nor paranoid. The change was really noticeable to me. Jesus drew me to several verses in his word to pause and reflect on.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to not be anxious about anything. Joshua 1:9 says for us to be strong and courageous, that he is with us wherever we go. In Revelations 1:17 John said that He put his right hand on him and said ” do not be afraid, I am the first and the last.” Isaiah 41:10 tell us not to fear because he is with us, he will strengthen us and uphold us with his righteous right hand.
All together some form of do not be afraid is repeated 365 times throughout Scripture between both the OT and NT.I trusted him with all of my heart and he brought me peace, comfort and safety. Click To Tweet
I trusted him with all of my heart and he brought me peace, comfort and safety.Friends, I give a shout out to you. I commend you for following God's redirection. Click To Tweet
Friends, I give a shout out to you. I commend you for following God’s redirection. He gave redirection to all. His redirection may have looked different between each of us and that’s okay.
I have come to learn (over time ), Sometimes circumstances in our lives can be God redirecting us in his way. Sometimes we can’t see it until we’re able to look back on it. And, that’s okay too.
Remember God is working on our behalf, for our good. As Christians we share the best commonality between us. Jesus! Praise and glory be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.