Do you feel tired? Stressed? Anxious? Uncomfortable? Angry? I’m not sure about you, but I think I have felt all of these emotions over the last couple of weeks. We are being forced to adapt to a new lifestyle that is not one that we chose. We are (hopefully) tucked away in our homes, away from many people we care about, trying to adapt to working from home, teaching our children, entertaining ourselves within our homes and this is not something we are used to doing.
Through this quarantine time I have had lots of time to reflect, think, and process all that is going on in the world. I have realized how out of control I truly am and how I really have no say in the events happening around me. The only thing I can control is the way I look at it and respond to it.
Thankfully, I know full and well who is in control!
My plans have changed during this time. This time was supposed to be very exciting for my family; we are having a baby (may have had a baby by the time this is posted)! Our families are supposed to come around, love on our newborn, share the excitement and love for this new life! But where we are today, this isn’t the case. We won’t get to share this excitement in person with really anyone. Thank goodness for the technology we have though!!
Have your plans gotten cancelled? Do you feel disappointed?
What a strange time we are a living in. Time has literally stopped. The busyness has come to a halt. I honestly believe God is allowing this time to wake us up from our sleep. He wants us to know that we are not in control, He is! We do not make our plans, He does! He has given us time to reflect and remember Him in the most fascinating way. We can't use the excuse of we don’t have time.
My encouragement to you is to take a step back. Sit in the silence. Think about how well you know and trust God. This quarantine is testing our faith. Do you trust him through it? When we give ourselves time to sit in his presence, He will bring peace over us.
I have been able to do this and I will tell you, I have a peace like I have never had before. Sure, these events were not in plan, but God had a bigger one! I do not know what that is, I may never will. But I know its better! Even if it’s just a funny story to tell my kids when they get older, (Baby boy, you were born during a pandemic).
We can also reflect on what do we want to get out of this quarantine time? Do you want a new hobby, a new perspective, a new habit?
I know I want to be able to look back and know that I really trusted God during this! I also wouldn’t mind creating a few new habits, like journaling more! What do you hope to get out of this unknown? Sometimes focusing on something we can control gives us more peace and then we can trust God with the unknown a little easier.
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Proverbs 31:25 “ She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”