his past week has been an insane week for America and the rest of the world in the midst of this Coronavirus outbreak.
I make the above statement because I had to make the choice to allow for the Lord to humble me through the power of His Holy Spirit: Through social distancing.
~”For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”~Philippians 1:21,NIV~
Not being able to go to a church building on Sunday mornings has really humbled me to this concept: That we are the church. Not being able to fellowship in person with my church family has been really difficult, but truly humbling in that it has taught me the importance of solitude from my friends as I spend time with the Lord in my quiet time. This is quite different from loneliness in that it has allowed for God to pull closer to me as I draw closer to Him.
God has brought me on my knees to seek Him: literally seek Him for this past week. In my solitude: In solitude.
~” “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”~Psalm 46:10, ESV~
In solitude, I find peace of God as I find my inner peace. In solitude, I am still: Not frozen. Just still in His glorious presence. I am still in the presence of Jehovah God.
In solitude, I find peace of God as I find my inner peace. I am still in the presence of Jehovah God.
In the midst of this Coronavirus outbreak, this is a good time for me to get to know myself better: I like to read books on spirituality. I like to drink a cup of coffee as I read. I like tea too. But, most importantly, I treasure my relationship with my Heavenly Father. And it is in these moments that I pray: In solitude.
~”And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.”~1 Thessalonians 4:11, ESV~
I remember my previous roommate. I have since moved away from her and now live elsewhere in Atlanta, but one thing I do remember is a statement that she made with me that stuck with me: Solitude and loneliness are different in that solitude is having peace with yourself and God and loneliness is feeling isolated from the rest of the world.
In the midst of the social distancing that is being implemented, I choose solitude. I put an, “X,” on loneliness because I am not lonely. Despite not being able to go to church and see my friends at church, I choose solitude because it gives me peace of God. I have peace of God because of the solitude that I am experiencing, day by day, and of which I choose to experience in the midst of this Coronavirus outbreak.
I may feel sad on certain days, but I commit my sadness to God. I choose joy in the midst of this sadness that I feel for the world. I redirect the focus of my sadness to joy in the Lord as my strength to help me persevere, day by day. Praise the Lord!!
I will get through this. The church will prevail. Together, through social distancing, washing hands and staying at home, the church will win this battle like she has with every other battle: again!
Don’t give up and keep praying: in solitude!