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What Will Be Our Story?
What will be our isolation story? These unprecedented circumstances we are facing will leave their mark on history. We can generate meaningful stories despite the fears of this period of social distancing and economic uncertainty. The Bible testifies to the truth of an empty tomb and a risen savior. After the painful 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. Can we count the blessings to connect in ways lost to this world?
The hardships are genuine; the struggles are 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. The detailed scenes unfold on a youthful girl's journal page and her Jewish family hiding from the concentration camps' impending horror of execution. Heart-wrenching loss and unexplained outcomes happen because of the infliction of others. Yet, even in isolation, their connection 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 even meals in squalor during the Irish potato famine. He describes isolation from life-sustaining comforts in his childhood. Frank later escapes his lot to sail to NYC, becoming one of the greatest Irish-American Authors. McCourt later shares his legacy of tenacity and family devotion. Humankind comes to recognize his imprint as a teacher and Pulitzer Prize winner.
In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens pens the experience of a Parish Boy born in a workhouse, orphaned, and sold to an undertaker. He escapes to London, meets the Artful Dodger, scurries him to Fagin, and life as a juvenile pickpocket. Later, to find a miraculous connection with a long-lost maternal uncle who welcomes him with prestigious kindness.
The Bible gives testimony of imperfect people learning the message of a perfect King. Through powerful examples, we see our benevolent God guiding us in the most difficult of circumstances. Proof this isolation is not our story, nor does it dictate our relational experiences.
Come Together Right Now
People cook more meals together and bond at the dinner table, breaking bread together. They awaken to a time of organization, not only in their physical space. But with our compartmentalized hearts. Humanity is re-learning! We must try to stop doing the important stuff as an afterthought. During this slow existence of unscheduled lives, we can have meaningful growth. Broken systems create zombie approaches to what they dictate as normal. Humanity is far better than average!
Liken this stage of maturity to a new routine focused on loving one another. Burned-out puppets want vacations to reconnect in a relationship when in the throes of mundane routine. Then fumble when time allows a rebirth of purpose. Humanity is not a puppet.
Do schedules impede what is the first to drop off our list of importance? Do we cut corners only to suffer the consequences of slow separation?
God remains the best lifeline, seeking Him in desperation and brokenness. The world seeks His Spirit for peace in the most harrowing of times. Humanity shows a want to share and experience His unfailing love as random acts of kindness and love answer the world's outcries.
What Is Your Call Of Influence?
We lose our footing in relationships during the chaotic meanderings of day-to-day existence in the vacuum of drive and economic livelihood. Social distancing, and the ever-changing rules, have been difficult because our focus has become biased to external, diminishing our potential purpose.
What is your influence call, and how do we give the whole purpose? They break down if we don't fuel the tank within our closest relationships. Cars won't run without gas or electricity, 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 when stressed. The relational exposure to His guidance is powerful. Thankfully, amidst a confusing season, He is constant and unchanging. Imagine God's desire to heal a world created through our negligent free will. Repent and welcome a new experience centered on the peace of surrender. Though we are vastly different in opinion and circumstance, we can all connect centered on the beautiful heart and example of Christ Jesus. We are the vine to the branch with its entirely relevant provision of unfailing love today and always.
When the frustrations 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 on us, we should take a breath. Sit on the front porch, side-by-side with the most precious love letter, The Bible. Explore a fresh idea! A project worth your attention awaits. Reach out and share a vision of hope in the chaos.
Laugh and play together in ways that limit your busy schedule while in our regular routines! Is it possible that remarkable spiritual and relational growth can occur even in crisis? History shares magnificent stories of grit, love, and connecting from the darkest of isolations. People can impact by leaving 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