Life has slowed down for most of us. The precaution regarding COVID-19 has forced many of us to stay inside, alter our daily plans and find different ways to fill the hours. We don’t know how long this will last. Some have said we will begin returning to normal in a couple of weeks while another “expert” I heard today said close to a year! (I don’t believe this “expert). So, what can we do? What do we do when life changes, our schedules are drastically altered and life slows down?
Here are some suggestions…..
• Rest. Use this time to recharge and catch up on the rest you have neglected. Take an afternoon nap without any guilt. Let your body rest.
• Read your Bible. Pick up God’s word and read it. Whether it’s with a physical Bible or on your phone or other electronic device, read the story of God. Read through the Old Testament and remind yourself of God’s faithfulness to his people. Read the New Testament and reintroduce yourself to the story of Christ and the way he calls us to live. Read Paul’s letter and see your place in and importance of the local and global church.
• Pray. Spend some time talking to God. Pray for the removal of this virus. Pray for those afflicted by it and for those tirelessly treating patients. Pray for those seeking a vaccine for it. Pray for your friends and family. Pray for your enemies and those who don’t like you. Pray for your need and wants. Just pray. God wants to hear from you.
• Go outside and take a walk. You can still take a walk around the neighborhood. Keep your distance from your neighbors if they are out (if you need to) but get out and enjoy some fresh air. If you are nervous about walking around your neighborhood, take a walk around the yard or sit on your porch. You need some fresh air. Enjoy God’s creation from where you live.
• Watch a good movie. Due to streaming options, there are thousands of movies that we can choose to watch at any given time. Find a good, classic movie to watch. Maybe it is one you have seen a hundred times or maybe it’s one you have always wanted to see. (I saw “Cool Hand Luke” for the first time recently.} Enjoy a movie that makes you think or just brings a smile to your face. God has given us the arts to bless us.
• Help a neighbor or church family member if you can. If you are able to get out and about, offer to pick up groceries or something at the pharmacy for someone who can’t get out. You can drop it off in their mailbox or at their front door. Bless others by being their hands and feet since they can’t get out.
• Send a note or card to someone. Use the time to send someone a note or letter of encouragement. Let them know how much you appreciate them and what a blessing they are to you. We need to be encouraged in this difficult time. We need good news. Bless someone.
• Refuse to give into fear. There is so much news being passed around, much of which can scare us if we allow it. Don’t let it fill you with fear. Turn off the news if you find yourself becoming fearful or overwhelmed. Choose to live in faith. Be wise. Use your God-given common sense. Don’t let the media fill you with fear.
• Be thankful. One of the blessings of a time like this is the reminder of all we take for granted and for which we should be thankful. Be thankful for the ability we have to shop with full shelves. Be thankful for the ability we have to gather multiple times a week with our church family. Be thankful for the freedom we have to eat in various restaurants and shop in multiple stores. Be thankful for the freedom we have that we often take for granted.
God is good. He is faithful. He is with us. Continue to trust in Him and seek His presence. This will pass in time. Until then, let’s love God through loving others around us.