I’ll be the first one to say that the last four weeks have been a stretch for me…emotionally, spiritually and physically. I am confident that this quarantine will eventually end and I will once again have the freedom to leave my house. And, I can guarantee a few words that will not be coming out of my mouth anytime soon…”I think I need a few days at home!”
How many times have I yearned for some downtime in the whirlwind of daily life? Now, my life IS downtime.
I am forced to confront my thoughts and explore my priorities. I can’t hide behind my schedule when my list of must-dos has narrowed to the most mundane of tasks…waking up, brushing my teeth, eating (when I am actually hungry), keeping clean and going to bed.
It’s in this time of “not much” that I’m forced to confront my own emotions and fashion my perspective. I can’t change the situation of the world, but I can control how I will view my life and current circumstances. The easiest, yet most destructive choice would be to give in to the fear and uncertainty of daunting statistics…that route is essentially spelled out for me in the daily headlines.
But then, I hear the steady call of faith, “...the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1.
If I lean in, I recognize that familiar sound…it’s the same voice that’s guided me for decades. I’ve followed this call as a follower of Christ and it has always lead me in the right direction. Yes, today’s path is totally different from anything I have ever experienced in my lifetime, still, I can place my hope and future securely in God’s hands.
So, how am I going to take control of my perspective as I head into the fifth week of home quarantine?
I will walk by faith and not by sight...I choose joy.
We have been doing weekly family chats that unite our immediate family from three different locations, across two separate continents. I just sit back and listen.
I have heard a lot of people talking about the alluring draw of food when they are stuck at home. Of course, this is an issue I deal with extensively in my book, Find Your Weigh. It helps me to reserve my sweet treat for later in the day, so I have something to look forward to.
My oh my, how I miss my shoes! But, that doesn’t mean I can’t paint my toes and do a little catwalk for one.
We live on the twelfth floor of a high-rise, so we don’t have access to a yard. However, the slow-down of traffic over the past month has resulted in beautiful blue skies and views that go on and on.
Sometimes, we can convince ourselves that we’re all alone in the world. I came across this clever “Where’s Waldo Coronavirus Edition” article and it hit me…this is exactly how God sees us! It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, God focuses right in on you as if you were the only person around.
I have been so encouraged to see fellow believers pushing themselves into new areas. For some, it’s learning a new software program and for others, it’s summoning up the courage to leave family and friends to volunteer as a nurse in a New York City hospital.
Need I say more? They make me smile.
How awesome is it to have the opportunity to cruise several different church services, right from your living room!
Sweet babies are born every day and they bring joy to all of us. Life goes on and each new day brings new possibilities.
I love watching God do what only He can do. He will use your joy to bring hope to the hopeless, but first, you’ve got to choose joy.