The world is slowly opening back up, but things are still so weird. The sights around us are out of the ordinary and the news still seems a little scary. When 2020 started just a few short months ago, there was such anticipation in the air as we dove head-first into a new decade.
What would this decade bring with it?
What amazing things would God do in us and for us in the next 10 years?
I don’t think any of us were prepared for the surprises that 2020 would bring. We started this race running on fumes. We were letting ourselves be swallowed up in busyness and distraction. We were racing through our days when the world interrupted and said, “Stay Home”. Maybe this was really God interrupting us to say, “Be still”.
Quarantine has been hard on all of us. We all have different hardships and frustrations surrounding this time, but we can probably all agree that it has not been easy.
Being separated from family and friends.
Having kids of all ages doing school from home.
Missing church family as we worship from home.
The financial strain due to loss of jobs being lost or employees furloughed.
Illness and death touching the lives of family, friends and neighbors.
These things, among others, are hard! I don’t know about you, but I find stillness to be hard too. When we unplug long enough to sit quietly before the Lord, He will change us and change can be scary.
When we see the words, “Be still”, in scripture they sound so soothing and peaceful, but when we experience an involuntary time of stillness, the words seem more like a gentle, but firm reproof. They say stop striving, stop fighting, enough! God is calling us to pull to the side of the busy highway of life and acknowledge that He is the one in control of our car.
We are driving through life with no idea what the road ahead holds or what the destination will look like. Being still and quiet is the only way we will ever understand the directions we have been given that help us to stay on the right course. Be still before the Lord and let Him provide the directions. He is in control and He knows where He is taking us.
Quarantine has been challenging for each one of us in different ways. As the quarantine begins to come to an end and the world starts its return to the hustle and hurry, let us continue to find time to be still and trust that even in isolation, we have never been alone.
He says, “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
“Stop fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” Psalm 46:10 CSB
Attention, all! See the marvels of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee. “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” Psalm 46:10 MSG
1. How have you found time to be still before the Lord during quarantined? How can you seek to continue this practice or start anew as they world begins to return?
2. Share some of the ways God has used this time of isolation to change your perspective. What have you learned while spending more time at home?
3. Pray about the activities that you were involved in before the quarantine and ask the Lord to lead you in decision making about which ones to return to and which ones to let go. What will your new normal look like?