Due to Covid-19 and the announcement from our government officials, all church service gatherings will be postponed till a later date.

You Are Never Alone

My heart goes out to the many hundreds of thousands of people who are in quarantine and practicing safe distancing. My family is in that number in obedience to the medical professionals and our government. As the days grow into weeks, many individuals feel alone and disconnected from friends and loved ones. I know I do. Of course, there are many ways to stay connected, but there are those who do not have the technology. Others may feel intimidated by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Texting, GroupMe, and the list goes on.

Lately, we may think that this loneliness and isolation is the new norm; we are at a dead-end street with no answers in sight. Remember, when God created you and me, He gave us the ability to choose. God didn’t say every day was going to be a bed of roses, endless fun, and friends eager to socialize with us. In reality life doesn’t happen like that. Now, don’t get me wrong. In some circles life is a constant ride of fun, laughter, and games. But if the truth was told, even the most social butterfly experiences a time of loneliness. This may be the norm for the world, but we are not of the world; this is not our life’s norm. God and His faithfulness is the everyday norm! And His Word contains the answers!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) “ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ‘Them’ represents any and every adverse encounter that you have experienced in the past or may experience today or tomorrow.

We have choices. There are things we can do to combat the feelings of loneliness that we experience right now, but they require getting out of our mental comfort zones. Instead of adding friends onto social media whom you may never speak to, just pick one and send them a message. Maybe it’s someone you were once close to but lost touch with, or a family member you desire to re-connect with. Get outside if possible and “smell the roses.” See all the beauty God created for your enjoyment.

Many people who are lonely have a tendency of regularly isolating themselves for various reasons. A lack of trust is at the top of the list. When this period of isolation has lifted, don’t fall back into the trap of distancing yourself, mentally or emotionally, from your family, work partners, or community. Take time now to develop true relationships that will last past this time of isolation. God created us to be in a community with other like-minded souls. Being community-minded helps us to build self-worth, personal development, and affirmation from others. Interaction with the world around us stimulates our thought process. Even God is connected to a like-minded community in the Trinity: God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Our mandatory isolation is temporary. This situation that we face through no fault of our own is going to prayerfully end. So, take this time as your personal challenge to chart a new social lifestyle.

Heb. 10:24-25 (NIV) “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together (via phone or social media), as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…”

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