And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV)
In these days of increasing challenges, I find myself scrambling to meet obligations, yet grasping for some sense of routine and normalcy — even without an international health pan(dem)ic! It seems that life these days is being lived on an increasingly precarious edge. Attempts to cut back, set boundaries, and re-focus on personal priorities often are sabotaged by the urgency of various commitments to which I strive to be faithful.
Suddenly, I find myself confronted by governmental directives to cease and desist from routine activities: gathering, traveling, meeting together in small groups, using public transportation. Events I may have felt led to plan or even just attend are summarily cancelled. Even education is moved online out of concern for infection.
What is the good news about this outwardly imposed isolation? How could hunkering down in the bunkers of our homes or apartments lead to anything remotely positive, particularly when we witness the economic impact of the corona virus (and understandable fear of it) wreaking havoc with people’s jobs, incomes, and bank accounts?
What remains? Personally, I am confronted by my own insignificance and human sense of helplessness. However, I believe the Holy Spirit is calling me to seek Father God more passionately. Desperation can be good for the soul; the Lord promises to meet me when I seek Him with my whole heart. After all, He gave Himself wholeheartedly for me, and He is faithful even when I am faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). He is always listening; He longs to hear my voice cry out to Him, and He loves the sound of it!
What an amazing thought that the God of all Heaven and Earth wants my full attention! I certainly do not deserve HIS attention, yet He gives it to me!
May I cease my restlessness and fretting, and may I seek the Lover of my soul with my whole heart in a deeper way than ever before! Moreover, may my “hunkering down” not be self-protective, but outwardly directed to the magnificent Lord of the universe. He wants to heal and touch, not only me, but the hearts of many around me who need His Presence and love in the midst of this season of trouble. May my response to Him during this tumult be pleasing to Him, and may I reach out to others in need rather than focusing on my own losses, in Jesus’ Name!