I mowed my grass for the first time this year. I also cleaned the leave and brush around our fish pond. Surprisingly all the fish made it through the winter. But the pond needs some major reconstruction.
This past week has been interesting with all the instructions to stay home and practice social distancing. I have seen some creative ways, people have connected with one another via social media, text, phone, and video. We can be thankful that we have ways to continue to stay connected, even though not physically.
I have seen how people are slowing down and taking time to reflect about what life is really all about. Some of the ancient practices help us take time to connect with God. Solitude is one of them – Richard Foster and Dallas Willard define it this way: The creation of an open, empty space in our lives by purposefully abstaining from interaction with other human beings, so that, freed from competing loyalties, we can be found by God. It is a time where we can experience the love of God in ways that we might not, when we are so busy with other people and activities in our lives. Now is a good time to enjoy solitude from others and experience the intimate fellowship with God.
Like the songwriter says: I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am his own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.
May this time of social distancing, be a time where you and I experience the intimacy of God’s presence.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:2-4 NIV
I like the way 3 John begins. During this time of uncertainty, I do pray that we may enjoy good health, not only physically but our whole being. Part of getting along well is seeking the truth, not allowing ourselves to be influenced by all the stories and rumors that go around. Another part is to have the peace of knowing that what ever we face, we do so with Emmanuel – God with us.
So dear friends, may you cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you. I pray that you may enjoy good health!