Hide yourself for a moment

It’s been a while. I’ve been working through procrastination, distractions, and other gigs. I have felt battered and blown away from my moorings, and just couldn’t sit still and write. Well now we are all asked to sit still. To self quarantine. And so many people are resisting. Especially young people who want to enjoy their much deserved spring break after lots of hard work; and for some perhaps the last carefree hurrah, before the stresses of graduation and adulthood and all that entails.

For some of us we seek first the word of God and in Isiah 26:20 we are told “come my people, enter into your rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for a little moment, until the indignation is past.” So despite the trials we need to remember that God calls us “my people”. He lovingly claims us and leads us to a place where we can be safe. Much as He did for Noah and his family into the Ark. Furthermore He says go into the safer parts of your houses. Just like the Israelites did when the destroying angel passed over Egypt, or like Rahab and her family when Jericho was being destroyed.

We can also follow what it says in Matthew 6:6 “but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” In times of trouble there is nothing better than to commit ourselves to God in prayer, and to lean on His divine protection.

We need to think of others not just ourselves. There are people who are compromised, for any number of reasons. There is no way to know if you have come in contact with someone who has the virus, and don’t know that they do. So stay home. Stop travelling around the world. Reduce the risk to yourselves and your loved ones. Practice patience. Get to know yourself better. Read a book! Reconnect with your kids, your spouses. Seriously people, your actions now will determine what happens next.

I’m looking forward to speaking with you all again. Peace be with you.

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