What now? I’m sure many of us are beginning to ask ourselves this question…or something similar to it. Instead of a glimpse of the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel,” this week many of us saw restrictions tighten and a much longer quarantine than we could imagine become a reality. The “new normal” that seemed doable a couple of weeks ago, for many, is taking on a very different feel. And is starting to show its effects with increased anxiety, fears and worse.
The best intentions to stay positive, to reach out instead of inward, to take advantage of our imposed circumstances for the better – they seem to be waning. Not only are our enthusiasm and positive attitudes fading, but our energy is draining as well. I’m right there with the majority. This is not a rebuke but an encouragement! However, now is not the time for an extra nap during our day..or for one more hour of Netflix. Nor is it the time to give up…or give in.
We began these weeks of quarantine determined to do it well. We asked God what He could teach us and how He could use us…and we were eager to see Him work. Now the monotony is beginning to set in – but God is still working. He still wants to teach us, mold us and still desires to use us during this time. He is still preparing and perfecting us for the weeks and years long past the days of quarantine. Now is not the time to become tired or complacent. The enemy would love that.
Spend much time in prayer. And in God’s word. That is the source of our strength, our direction, our motivation and what we need in order to “press toward the mark.” Doing so today will determine how we look back at these days – with too many regrets or, rather, able to see how God worked and gave victory!
The rest of the FMF thoughts – about NOW – can be found here.