Time for another monthly installment of Share Four Somethings – for the month of March. This month certainly needs no introductions. It is one that will forever be etched in the history books and in our memories. This pandemic and its resulting quarantine – as well as its impact on each of us mentally, emotionally, economically/physically and spiritually – will not be forgotten. These “four somethings” come with that mind.
Something Loved. I am loving technology…and who would have ever imagined those words coming from me. I am the least of the least when it comes to being tech-savvy or even appreciating technology. But what a gift it has been during these days of isolation. Not just texting, but calling, chats, live-streaming, and zooming (oh my!) and I’m sure I am just touching the surface. We are born for connection. No doubt, some more than others but being able to connect with “our people” is more than fun or helpful….it is needed. For each of us. It is healthy and I think it has been wonderful!
Something Read. I (like most of us) have had extra time to read. To read books, news updates, blogs and more than enough opinion. Truthfully, so much of it has been encouraging and thought-provoking. I have been sharpened and challenged. I try to commit as much as I can to memory…which is not always easy for me. Often I need to write things down. Especially quotes. I am drawn to quotes from those who have endured and persevered before us. There are many to choose but I will share just two today – the first from Corrie Ten Boom and the second from Elizabeth Elliott:
“Worry doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived- not always looked forward to as though the ‘real’ living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.”
Something Treasured. Above, I mentioned connecting with “my people.” It is a term my son uses often and I always find it interesting (if not a bit humorous)! You know….the ones you identify with and with whom you feel connected. The people you understand and they understand you. More than ever, I have treasured “my people.” My church family. My Christian friends. Those like-minded in faith and in spirit. They have been a blessing in more ways than they know but I treasure each and every one.
Something Ahead. Dare I say, I am looking forward to returning to normal. If normal simply means the lifting of our quarantine…being able to interact again and to be unrestricted….then, yes, I pray that will soon be ahead. But I pray that I will have learned and been changed by these days am I in right now. And that I will not simply go back to the status quo of pre-quarantine days. I pray the same for our churches, our country, and for believers around this world. God, please use this time to change us. To refine and mold us so we will more fit for your use once the restrictions are lifted. I pray you will be glorified because of these unsettled and unsettling days.