Things Become Different For A Reason

psalm 46

Now that self-isolation now seem to becoming the norm, how do we handle it?

Read The Word, nothing takes Our Lord and Our friend by surprise. Isaiah 26 Verse 20:

““Go, my people. enter your rooms and close your door behind you. Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed.”
We need to be resolute It’s vital to take charge of the situation and not let the situation take charge of us; at the end of this we all want to be a victor, not a victim. In as much as we can, set ourselves targets and goals. Our grandparents were called to war, we are being called to sit on our lounge – we can do this!

However justified we may feel it is, don’t slip into becoming a wreck, don’t be negative or pessimistic, don’t moan. There are some people who bring happiness wherever they go and other people bring happiness whenever they go! Have a happy attitude and don’t drain people with negative talk. Resolve to be cheerful.

Why not consider that, in this self-isolation, God is gifting us with a slow-down? In the long run it may well be the reality – and I pray that it is – that these days of self-isolation end up adding months, and if not years, more contentment to your life. Our great Shepherd has slowed down life and given us time: time to pray, to read the Bible, to have those conversations with your loved ones, to send out those emails that you never got round to. To relax!

Isolation should give us the opportunity to think about who we are and what we are doing. For a brief moment the endless stream of traffic on the motorway of life is stopped and we’ve got the opportunity to think about where we are going. While it’s not the moment to peer into the rear-view mirror of life and reflect gloomily about our failures and disappointments, it is a good time to look forward and to think about what we value and what our purposes are.

Nothing takes our Lord and Our Friend by surprise. Jeremiah 29 verse 11:

“For I know the plans I have for you’—this is the Lord’s declaration—- “plans for your welfare, not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

In this story in Jeremiah the people were coming out of exile of 70 years, so what is a short time in isolation for us, when we know God’s promises are true.

God Bless.

OFJ

ps today is 26th March 2020 {26 verse 20}

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