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What Can We Make Of Our Isolation?

Our life stages are unique, Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.

SUNDAY IS COMING!

SUNDAY IS COMING!

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 meaningful stories. The Bible testifies 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. Description of the connection among those in their isolation was 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 a story 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 home 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.

Wise Beyond Her years

Wise Beyond Her years

Come Together Right Now

People are cooking more meals together and bonding 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 with a focus on loving one another. Burned out puppets wanting 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 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 the world's outcries answered by random acts of kindness and love.

Coming Together While Apart

Coming Together While Apart

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. We can admit that social distancing has been difficult because 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 the tank? 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 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 a loved one. Explore a fresh idea! A project worth your attention awaits. Reach out and share a kind touch.

Laugh and play together in ways that your busy schedules limit when we are 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 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

Comments

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 14, 2020:

Chardie Cat,

Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Yes, the world is learning from this experience. I think we learn the most when in our tough times.

Take care :)

Chardie Cat from Northern Mindanao, Philippines on May 03, 2020:

Such a beautiful literary embroidery! This period in our history reminds us to stop for a while and think about what we have been doing before all these things have occurred. Now, we are brought closer together with our families and with God. The world has learned to relax as well. Nice job, Kathy.

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 22, 2020:

Demas W Jasper

Thank you for this lovely comment and encouragement. Seeing that others found the heart with which I wrote this article, to seek the blessings! A moment in time allowing us to choose a positive and purposeful time in isolation.

Peace and Blessings

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on April 21, 2020:

For every one of God's commandments taught us by His Son, there are promised blessings in this life and the next. Seizing them and making them our own can be a conscious choice. Why not seize them, just as you have written here. Truth is....good advice.

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 15, 2020:

Chitrangada Sharan -

Thank you, yes, we have gained a perspective on how to better treat our planet and one another. I appreciate your comment very much. I too am grateful for a renewal of thought and behavior.

Take care and peace to you

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2020:

A well written, uplifting and insightful article.

No doubt that this Pandemic has been the cause of the devastation, since the last few months. But, some good also seems to be coming from this situation. People have become more responsible, they are caring for others too, and there is almost a renewal of thoughts and behaviour. Mother Nature is also benefitting.

Thank you for sharing this insightful article.

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 14, 2020:

Dora,

Thank you for your kind words and as always your gentle spirit comes through your comments. It is a very contemplative time in our world. A great time to take inventory.

Hugs and blessings to you

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 14, 2020:

Bill -

I am glad you are doing well. I imagine this isolation will have notable and subtle effects. I suppose the hindsight part of this experience will be very telling for all of us. I believe this can be a time of seeking novel ways to reach outside of ourselves and help in small ways. (Like you offering your help to Hubbers, very sweet!) We can take time to dream, create, and decide how to be better for ourselves and all of humanity in this new normal.

God Bless and stay safe :)

billybuc on April 14, 2020:

I almost feel guilty.My life hasn't changed that much with this social isolation thing going on. Of course I feel badly for everyone negatively affected, but for me it's just same old same old.

Wishing you peace and good health, Kathy!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 14, 2020:

Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration you share in this article. Your title raises a deep question and we do well to keep it in mind as long as this situation lasts.

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 14, 2020:

Peggy - I have found solace in these stories. Those that share the hardship and real pain without denying the beauty that can rise from the ashes of trials. Thank you for seeing my attempt to spin the positive.

Have a beautiful day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

Those books you mentioned were every one of them great to read and from which to learn about what is most important in life. A blessing can come from hardship. Your post is equally enlightening and takes a positive spin on these uncertain times. Thanks for writing this!

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 12, 2020:

Lorna -

I do love how we are starting to see some of the positives among the chaos. Time to regenerate, slow down, and maybe let the environment benefit from man's plight. After all, we have neglected to give attention to the cries of the air and the seas. Yet, somehow, in this difficult time they are benefiting with regeneration. I know we will do the same in time. I could not help but think of those who came before us and the struggles they endured with economic loss, illness, and even premature death. Their resources were fewer and losses great, but the believed in a brighter future.

Thank you and take care, stay safe!

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 12, 2020:

OLUSEGUN -

Truth, the more we dwell on His word, the better we will understand His message.

Thank You Again, Blessings to you!

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on April 12, 2020:

Bible is a lovely book, as we dwell more on it during this lock-down, we shall know more of his will for us. Good work.

Lorna Lamon on April 12, 2020:

Such an uplifting and encouraging article Kathy. Within all this tragedy there is hope and I see it everyday. We now have time to renew our relationships, reflect on our lives, and as terrible as this virus is, the planet is regenerating.

I always remember my family talking about the potato famine, and at home today people are saying "Well it's not as bad as the potato famine". It also draws us closer to our faith, which gives us that inner strength and peace we all need. An enjoyable and enlightening read. Take care.

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on April 11, 2020:

Eric -

Thanks, I needed that boost to my spirit I appreciate your comment very much. Have a wonderful Day!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 11, 2020:

Fantastic! I sure am enjoying this. I know that might bug some, but....

I hope folks get a blessing from this piece.

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