Loving lockdown life?
So as of writing this today, our area in NSW finds itself in lockdown, with government stay at home orders issued just a couple of days ago. So how can we navigate through this season of uncertainty and learn to love lockdown life?
Over the last year or so many countries and regions around the world have experienced lockdowns, some for a short period and some for much longer stretches of time. What we know from those lockdowns is that for some this is bad news, but for others it is something they have actually enjoyed and thrived under.
So where are you on that spectrum today? I think we can agree that having restrictions in place feels unnatural and inconvenient. But does something like the lockdown we are under right now have to lead us to a dark place where we feel isolated and alone? I think the answer for those in the Church is a resounding NO, and here's why.
Firstly, we are never truly alone. Our God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere. So even when we are physically disconnected from family and friends, we are not disconnected from our Father in Heaven. In fact a verse like Jeremiah 23:23 ERV tells us "This message is from the Lord. “I am God, and I am always near. I am not far away."
Secondly, as the Church, we are one body, united together in the common cause of making known the name of Jesus. That means there is something greater binding us together than simply meeting together in person or online. It is the great commission, that privilege we get to represent God to those in our sphere of influence. A common phrase that has been used since the start of last year is "we're all in this together", but the truth is that has been the motto of the Church since Jesus walked this earth.
And lastly, my hope is that we are all looking out for each other and praying for each other. If you know someone who is struggling right now, pick up the phone or send them a message and encourage them with the truth of God's word. Ask them if you can pray with them over the phone. Maybe all they need you to do is be there and listen. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He leads you in this.
"Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning."
These verses from The Passion translation of Hebrews 10:24-25 spoke to me today. Meeting together looks different right now, but it is more important than ever that we stay connected and love one another.