2020-03-23 - Shutting People Out
"When the Lord gave human beings two arms, it wasn’t to keep other humans at a safe distance." (Olivia Walton, The Waltons, season 2)
In the television episode titled ’The Substitute,’ Olivia spoke the above statement to a young woman who kept her emotions bottled up to appear strong and dignified. Would Olivia still say this, if the coronavirus hit her beloved Virginia in the Depression Era? As a God-fearing woman, I believe she would be the first to share in each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
Right now we wisely are to shut people out, to protect us and them against a pandemic overtaking everyone’s lives. We are behaving and living similarly to David and his band of mighty men, hiding out in caves, waiting to be attacked. (See 1 Samuel 22-24)
With a cold, it’s best for me to keep my distance from others. So I wait and try to make the most of my mandatory staycation. I crave to leave my cave!
Shouldn’t I crave God’s presence more than resuming a normal routine? When God becomes our priority, He doesn’t gloss over our loneliness, pain, or financial losses, He becomes our refuge. The book of Psalms is filled with testimonies on how God is our refuge.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. (Psalm 5:5 NIV)
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9 NIV)
Lord, Show us how to safely be there for our neighbors and how not to shut people out while living through a pandemic. May we turn from our selfish ways and focus on You to bring healing to our hurt and confused land. In the name of Jesus’ I pray, Amen.Lisa
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