What Can We Make Of Our Isolation?
What Will Be Our Story?
What will be our isolation story? These unprecedented circumstances we are facing will leave their mark on history. Despite the fears from this period of social distancing and economic uncertainty, we can generate significant stories. The Bible testifies the truth of an empty tomb and a risen savior. After the somber experience of Friday and Saturday, the resurrection on Sunday brought hope to the hopeless. Renewal is plausible. Easter Sunday is coming!
Current doom and gloom collapse as the resurrection power fuels the human spirit. We can join in this season of redemption, a cohesive building of our new normal. Humanity could focus on the negatives of separation because of quarantine. But we can count the blessings given to connect in ways lost to this world?
The hardships are genuine, the struggles real, still this crisis brings the world together. In our brokenness is an allowance for the pouring of God’s spirit. Noble stories come from the most formidable opponents to comfort. The Diary of Anne Frank is one. Where the detailed scenes unfold on the journal pages of a youthful girl and her Jewish family in hiding from the impending horror of execution in the concentration camps. While heart-wrenching loss and unexplained outcomes happen because of the infliction of others. Description of the connection among those in their isolation was one of love and hope entangled amidst a tragic circumstance.
World-renowned author Frank McCourt shared Angela’s Ashes. His story shares the plight of an impoverished McCourt family. They grew to appreciate the slightest of meals in squalor during the Irish potato famine. He describes isolation from life-sustaining comforts in his childhood. Yet, Frank later escapes his lot in life to sail to NYC, becoming one of the greatest Irish-American Authors. McCourt later shares his legacy of tenacity and family devotion. Mankind comes to recognize his imprint as a teacher and Pulitzer Prize winner.
In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens pens a story of a Parish Boy born in a workhouse, orphaned and sold to an undertaker. Where he then escapes to London only to meet the Artful Dodger, who scurries him off to Fagin and the life of a juvenile pickpocket. Later to find a miraculous connection with a long lost maternal uncle. That welcomes him to a home of prestige and kindness.
The Bible gives testimony of imperfect people learning the message of a perfect King. Through powerful examples we see our benevolent God guiding in the most difficult of circumstance. Proof this isolation is not our story nor does it dictate our relational experiences.
Come Together Right Now
People are cooking more meals together. Bonding at the dinner table breaking bread together. They awaken to a time of organization not only in their physical space but also with our compartmentalized hearts. Humanity is re-learning! We must try to stop fitting in the important stuff, as an afterthought. During this slow existence of unscheduled lives, we can have meaningful growth. Broken systems create zombie-like approaches to what they dictate as normal. Humanity is far better than normal!
Liken this stage of maturity to a new normal where time allows us to focus on loving one another. Burned out puppets seek vacations to spend time to reconnect in a relationship when in the throes of mundane routine. Then fumble when time allows a rebirth of purpose. Humanity is more creative than puppets on a string.
When schedules impede what is the first to drop off our list of importance? Where do we cut corners only to suffer the consequence of slow separation?
We are closer than ever to God, seeking Him even more in desperation and brokenness. The world goes to Him, as His Spirit is the greatest peace we know in the most harrowing of times, and remains the best lifeline. Humanity is showing a want to share and experience His unfailing love as the world outcries are answered by random acts of kindness and love.
What Is Your Call Of Influence?
During the chaotic meanderings of day-to-day existence in the vacuum of drive and economic livelihood, we lose our footings in relationships. We can admit the reason social distancing has been difficult is that our focus has become biased to externals diminishing our potential purpose.
What is your call of influence and how do we give full purpose to it, if within our closest relationships, we don’t fuel properly? Cars won’t run without gas or electricity, and yet we become accustomed to running on empty. In this time of uncertainty, fill your tank! Fill it with God’s word! Fill it with quality time to the relationship that makes you a child of God, spouse, sibling, daughter, son, and friend. Filler up with premium so you can run longer and better.
Foremost fuel your relationship with Christ. Without it, the very breath in our lungs has little meaning. Relish God’s word. Find solace there if stressed. Reconnection is power in Christ. Imagine the ways God wants to heal a world created through our negligent free will. Repent and welcome a new normal.
When frustrations of isolation build because of little ones, siblings, spouses or social media and news banter, seek the solitude that connects you to the Holy Spirit. In this time of confusion seek the hammock in a tree, the pantry, bedroom, bathroom floor, and the hideaway spots to bathe in His word and Spirit.
When the walls close in, take a breath of fresh air sitting on the front porch side by side with a loved one. Explore a fresh idea! A project worth your attention awaits. Reach out and share a kindness touch.
Laugh and play together in ways that your busy schedules limit when in our normal routines! Is it possible that fabulous spiritual and relational growth can occur even in crisis? History shares magnificent stories of fortitude, love, and connecting that which has come from the darkest of isolations. People can make an impact. They can leave an imprint during the worst moments of their lives.
What is your story going to be?
God's Encouraging Us Not To Fear
© 2020 Kathy Henderson