I am sure that I am not the only one who has been clearly confused at how we can be alone together. Being in small crowds as our only choice has left us feeling weirdly normal and in some ways like the walking dead. Another side effect of the quarantine has been overeating as I now look like a jumbo shrimp.
The word social by definition means; someone or something that enjoys being with others or has to do with people living or gathering in groups. Distant means separated, far away or not immediately connected. The very definitions are opposites and don’t belong together but are a new social phenomenom .
As a registered nurse I understand all the rationale for quarantine and precautions and I do comply. My heart has a hard time seeing empty churches– they were built for corporate worship. Playgrounds were built for playing in, beaches are for swimming and exploring and parks to picnic in etc…. Isn’t it amazing that a tiny virus – invisible to the naked eye – has temporarily turned the whole world upside down?
From the beginning of time God created us for community. He states in the book of Genesis that, “it is not good for man to be alone”. God created us for a relationship with Him and each other. Adam and Eve also tended The Garden – maybe that’s why I love spring. He also created the Sabbath for rest and in today’s culture – we don’t often take it.
It has been so easy to be distracted and depressed during this time because it is not normal. The dreary weather did not help our state of mind. Our usual schedule has been disrupted by restrictions and additions. Now we have the extra time we always wanted but can’t go anywhere! Frustrating!
King Solomon stated that nothing is new under the sun. He was right! There have been plagues throughout the centuries and various responses to them. Economies have risen and fallen while people groups have been separated and humanity has lived in fear and uncertainty. But fear is a great energy gobbler and serves no purpose if we do not do something.
We cannot change our circumstances but we can choose to change our response and attitude. We cannot be alone together – it’s an oxymoron – but we can keep in contact due to technology (zoom zoom). But be careful, I know that I am guilty of wasting too much time with electronics. We also need to be very aware of what we read and repost on social media because it is not all true or unbiased! It is important to choose wisely what input is allowed into our over taxed brains.
What have you learned? I learned that most of us have far more than we need (like hoarding toilet paper) and I do not have to be on the go all the time. I am trying to be grateful and content in all circumstances (it’s hard). I have enjoyed walking more and playing board games and alternative learning. I enjoy watching the birds return and plants grow. What have you enjoyed during this shut down?
God is in control – He sees us, hears us and knows us by name. Hold tight to His promises and trust in His love and faithfulness for He will guide you through this amazingly awful and bittersweet time.