Get Away from me! I’m “Socially Distancing.”

I just got back from the store. It was weird. People wearing their masks and gloves while keeping the recommended 6′ away. We all try to navigate down aisles then stand on the taped lines on the floor while checking out. I found myself holding my breath as I walked past someone “not” obeying the rules “Social Distancing” and I come home exhausted. It’s pure craziness. Who would have thought?

Who would have thought any thing like this would happen in such an age where medical science has an upper hand on so many illness and boasts daily breakthroughs? There’s got to be something out there to quickly fix this. Surely, there’s something we can do. But really all we can do is be socially distant from others and closely connected to God.

Can you find the irony in this picture? These helpful signs were found at a big box store. They are 6′ feet back from the next block ahead while waiting in line. Super helpful -that is if you are NOT standing 2 FEET beside someone.

I’m a homebody and introvert by nature but when you start putting restrictions on me about going out and who I cannot hug, I get pretty agitated. I am discovering a new rebellion in myself. On the occasion I do go out, there’s no where to go, save Walmart -which now thinking about it, provides more entertainment than the closed down cinemas. Everything is shut down. Everything has stopped. All those school activities, sports, socials, appointments are gone. And it all seems to matter very little in the light of all this as we must huddle in until who know when.

Three months ago, social distancing was a new “phrase” and pretty extreme. Who but a leper, recluse or serial killer does that? We don’t have time for this. We have lives to live, friends to hang out with, commitments, activities and appointments that fill up the next two months. I would have thought the concept was overkill and far out of reach. I mean just because there’s an outbreak in China which may have trickled over here doesn’t mean we have to go into mass hysteria.

Who knew how exponentially fast this thing would grow? Life as we knew it was about to change.

I think of those that have really been impacted by this and I really grieve for them. I have had to stop watching the news as the tragic unfolding of fatalities and sickness end up engulfing me. I have had to stop and seek the Lord remembering that He is definitely in control of all this despite the fact that it is shutting down our nation and many securities we have come to depend on. I have to remind myself that He is using this to bring people to Him, their true peace, hope and security.

“They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” -Psalm 112:7-8 NLT

I have told my children that they are living history in the making and to pay very close attention to what God is going to do. This is the time when we activate our faith and claim scripture. We are not living in this time of history by accident. I have been asking God for my place in all this, what am I supposed to do? I’ve decided to take this time as a gift from God, a gift to slow me down enough to take spiritual inventory. It’s giving me time to spend with my family having quality activities and conversations. I now have time to get done the things I have either procrastinated or bemoaned that I didn’t have “time” for.

Right now, it feels like I have all the time in the world.

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