There is something so difficult about living in the here and now, but it is far too easy to get wrapped up in what happened and what is to come.
Most of our world is currently living in a state of fear and anxiety. Our environment is full of chaos and much of the unknown. For some people, this national crisis has not affected you at all, but for others, our world has been completely shaken. All our jobs, events and plans have been cancelled, some of our favorite stores, shops and restaurants have closed, and we feel like we are living in an isolated bubble. We are experiencing minimal social interaction and limited physical and intellectual activity.
In our busy lives, we often feel like we always need to be doing, but how do we continue to do when the whole world around us has shut down?
I don’t understand God’s reasoning behind all of this and maybe we never will know, but I feel that this is a blessing in disguise for our well-being.
When was the last time you slowed down? When was the last time you sat down and just really enjoyed a cup of coffee or a meal with your family? When was the last time you were in tune with your feelings and emotions? Have you had alone time recently?
Are you used to going through the motions of your daily schedule? Are you finding it hard to adapt to the change? How are you responding to the new speed of life?
We don’t have to be oblivious to the world around us, but we do have to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Look to the cross. Stay aware of what is happening, but don’t get too caught up in earthly worries and concerns. Trust that He is here with you and will take care of you through it all.
Take this time for your soul.
Find the good in these moments. Rest your body. Rest your mind. Explore nature. Sit in silence. Read a book. Rejuvenate your soul. Or better yet, just be.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.