A lot of us, maybe all of us, have thought we just want things to go back to normal. It’s difficult to accept the thought that might not, not in a few weeks or months… Maybe not for quite a while.

We’re becoming quite accustomed to events and gatherings being cancelled. We’re getting used to the caution needed when stepping out the door. Even going out for a walk is different. When we see someone approaching, we move off onto the grass, share a nod and maybe a hello, but the same look of concern is in their eyes as our own.

It’s a new way of being. The masks, the sick, the distance. Loss of jobs, loss of income, anxiety, and worry—all need to be addressed because it is our unrequested reality, and it is OK to admit that it’s hard!

So, as things around us have come to a screeching halt, as we all have to adjust to a new normal for a period of time, it’s also presenting us with a perfect opportunity…

In the stillness, we have a chance to listen, to pray, to reevaluate, to refocus our attention on the only one who is in control. God has not forgotten you, especially in this time. There is incredible loss all around, and perhaps right in your life, yet, there is great gain in finding love, security, and comfort in Christ. He is wanting to create something in you right now, and great things can happen out of hardship and isolation.

The solitude creates space to find new ways of staying together. When we look for it, we see the display of the fortitude and resolve of people when we pull from God’s strength rather than our own, and we see that no matter what, when we stand together, we are stronger.

It is a beautiful display of unity. It’s an amazing display of God’s faithfulness to his word. Though physical restrictions are present, emotional connection has not changed. Reach out, take advantage, focus on the positives, look to God, and no matter what happens in the physical fallen world, remember God will bring you through. If we do, in the end, it will be remembered as a time where we grew stronger through tribulation and fear did not win.

“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” Psalm 121

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