It is a strange new world out there today. A world none of us have ever experienced before. A world of social distancing, self isolation and no physical contact with others. We all hunker down in our homes waiting for this crisis to end.
Businesses are closed. Restaurants only have take out. Travel is curtailed. There are line ups at most stores that are open and sadly for us , churches are closed. We cannot congregate in groups of more than five.
But it isn’t all negative. On the positive side, the world has slowed down. The earth is taking a breath! Parents are at home with their children. Families are spending more time together. There is more time to relax, to learn, to rest. There is now more time to spend with God. Other idols in our lives are not available at this time. No sporting events, no concerts, materialism is cut back, more people are home now.
Things are starting to slowly, very slowly starting to open up. Slowly starting the “new normal”, whatever that will be.
Even though we are separated from each other, we are blessed that we have the technology to stay in contact with each other, whether it be through phone calls, texts, Skype or video chatting.
We have to be careful not to isolate ourselves from everyone. As an introvert, I know how easy that can be.
Do you know what this animal is? If you said wildebeest, you would be correct. A lion would call this lunch!
When lions hunt wildebeest, they work as a team to separate a wildebeest from the herd. The lions know that they will not win if they attack the entire herd so they must separate one from the herd, usually a weak or injured one that they isolate from the others.
Satan works the same way with us. He tries to separate us, isolate us from others. He does this so he can attack.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
When we keep in contact with each other, we are stronger and can resist the attacks of the devil. We need fellowship with other Christians. This is why at this time of crisis, we need to stay in contact with each other.
We may not be able to meet together as one body but we can stay in contact with each other using the technology we have today.
The Fellowship of the Believers Acts 2:42
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
True fellowship involves getting together for spiritual purposes: for sharing needs, for prayer, for discussing and sharing the Word to encourage, comfort, and edify one another. We can still do this through the technology we have.
We will be back together before too long. None of us are sure what that will look like but we will be together.
Author, Brian Elliott