Later in the day, I tried again & told him that I needed to do my part to support local businesses so I needed to make that purchase. He was not impressed & a little put off that I was still thinking about those material things.
That led us to start talking about this pandemic that we & the rest of the nation are currently experiencing. If nothing else, doesn’t it make us realize what is most important? When everything is stripped away is often when we find out what truly matters. We experienced that when our family was separated in 2013. We lost our normal then & now everyone has lost what has always been normal. Brad was in quarantine then & we are all in quarantine now. Sporting events, shopping, eating out, going to plays, going to the movies, even going to church.
There is nothing to do & nowhere to go so it doesn’t really matter what is in my closet. Right now, the latest fashions don’t matter, the events that we endlessly run to & post about don’t matter, what is left? People are left. Our spouses, children, parents, & friends but even those can be lost. We can only cling to the one thing that can never be lost & that is our relationship with Jesus Christ.
I think this might make us all realize that we can do with so much less stuff. My kids & their generation need to know that, I still need to be reminded of that.
I keep telling my kids that this is a historical time & one they will be telling their grandchildren about it. Think about it. When have we ever not been able to go & do what we want to do? Even if we are low on funds, we have always been able to go browse through stores or catch a matinee or sit down in a restaurant & now all of that is gone. So, what remains? It is such a good time for self reflection & to think about how we self medicate. We all do it.
For me, a new pair of shoes, cute top, or pair of jeans makes me higher than Mount Everest. Some people go to the bar to feel good, some go to the fridge, some go to the gym, some go to their offices & bury themselves in work. For a whole lot of people, they bury themselves in social media. We are all looking to numb anything that feels uncomfortable so we find what is effective for us. Hopefully you will discover what your medication is during this quarantine & when you know what it is, that is half the battle! You can overcome it & find freedom!
We have literally been forced to slow down. We can not sign our kids (or ourselves) up for one million activities & in our non-stop culture that has been unsettling. I read the other day that if the Planned Parenthood offices close for this curve flattening period then more lives will actually be saved than lost during this pandemic.
I have been thinking a lot about the story of Moses and how he was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. It is one of my all time favorite bible stories because it show’s the power of God so clearly. When Pharaoh refused to heed the Lord’s instructions, the Lord acted & sent plagues all across the land. Do you remember them?
The blood of the lamb – May we all be found with the blood of the lamb on our doors & hearts in both uncertain times and in times of plenty.
God usually speaks in whispers but just like with my kids, when they don’t listen the first few times, I tend to get louder. I think this pandemic is God getting loud with us. It’s no longer “fix it Jesus” but “fix it people.” We have to recognize the idols in our lives, repent & put the only one true God back in the center of our lives, worshiping only Him.