Let’s be honest. This time of the COVID-19 pandemic has been very weird. Being home this much is…unnatural to most of us.
Is there a way we can embrace this opportunity for spiritual growth?
Could I suggest that our natural preoccupation with COVID-19, both personally and in our church, is not the best way to combat fear and anxiety or regain control over our lives? What if, instead, we embrace opportunities most of us still enjoy: being able to take walks outside., spending more time with our Heavenly Father, spending more time with our nuclear families, etc.
While we are working on building new systems of connection, and as we find ways to love others in the time of corona, might we also consider the gifts that solitude and slowness might bring?
Can we ask God to turn our hearts toward faith, hope, and love? Though we cannot change the conditions of our world, God is working in the world nonetheless. He is working in us!
There is a difference between isolation and solitude. Continuing to live in isolation is a passive stance about what is happening to us. Consenting—through an act of our own will—to “stay-at-home” orders, can actually be a type of strange gift that we did not choose.
During this global pandemic, we can decide how we choose our attitudes.