If we were having coffee today, I would tell you all about my past 2 weeks…well: 10-day quarantine. Yup, 1-0 -days….everyone knows what that means. I had COVID so, we chose to isolate me from the rest of my family for those 10 days. I would tell you about how my husband continues to win the title of Hero for our family. I would tell you that he is a better parent than me in these situations. I would tell you that I was very fortunate to weather the virus well with mild symptoms.
BUT, I would also tell you that somewhere around day 3, I began to think ….about how crazy it is, the length of precaution we are going to for this virus. How in some ways I wanted to rage out “at the man.”
But then I would have to tell you about how Jesus met me in quarantine on day 3. How He gently nudged me out of that mental place and encouraged me. Instead of dwelling there I decided to embrace the solitude. To sit with my thoughts. Sit with the things that had been swirling around in my soul left unattended because “life is busy.”
If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about how I SO NEEDED to be shut in my room for 10 days. How I needed my friend Jesus. He sat with me and helped me process. I had a choice on day 3 to look to God for my comfort and friend. Or to turn away and give my attention to other things (TV/Social Media.)
If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about how I did not feel alone in quarantine. My friends and family called or texted to check on me. So much so that sometimes I had to put my phone on silent. 😉 They let me chat a little longer than usual because they knew I needed to. Friends, these are busy working mamas, who took time out of their weekly routine to make dinner for our crew and drop it off. They dropped off books, they came by and stood in the yard to “see me.”
I would also tell you that this is the CHURCH. This is gospel community. In a world where it seems like everyone is out for themselves, their love and kindness broke through like the brightest ray of sunlight on a cloudy day.
What in today is your chance to love a friend well by serving them? Let’s delight in what is good and be the ray of light that breaks through the clouds.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love well.
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10 (NLT)