I just want to start off by saying that what is said in this blog post is just a reflection from my perspective. I know everyone has had a different experience during this time, and my time in quarantine has been very different than most. But I am sure like most of you, I have learned a thing or two.
Next I want to say that we where never scared that we had been exposed to Covid-19, and we never had any symptoms that we were worried about. So we really didn’t go into quarantine per se. With that being said, I want to look at some of the things I learned the last few weeks about myself.
I have always considered myself a homebody. I would rather be home than out running around and doing stuff. Well, this is just false. In this sudo-quarantine of ours, I think I stayed home without leaving for any reason three days, maybe four. Some days I would just run to the church and grab something that I or Samantha needed out of the office. I was also the designated grocery getter. We ordered our groceries most of the time, so I just had to go pick them up. I also learned that Ace Hardware has about everything I need in my life. Noticed I used the word need. Because I learned that I “need” to organize my toolbox, tackle box, all my hunting stuff and every other item in this house. And Ace had what I needed.
I can’t lie to myself about what I would do if I only had the time anymore. I first seen this thought on a meme. (That’s clue number one that I could have found a more productive use of my time, I have started to ponder what is being said in meme’s). Think back to all the things you have told yourself that you would do if you only had the time. I hope some of you found the time to do the things you have been wanting to do. Maybe it was to clean the garage or to read Moby Dick and the Tale of Two Cities.
I found out what I don’t know how to do. I can’t cut hair. I cut Preston’s hair during all of this. It’s ok at best. The things that we take for granted have been brought to light. The people around us, in our cities and towns are what make our lives great. The people that we have seen so much about in the news, like our hospital workers and first responders. I worked in a hospital and as a first responder for most of my adult life. These people are working their tails off right now. And they are doing it because they signed up for a job where they place others before their own comforts. So, when its safe to do so, hug that hospital worker in your life. Thank a firefighter or paramedic. Since I did work in that field for so long, I can say with confidence they all like cookies from Hyvee, just a thought.
I think that thing that has been a huge blessing for me in all this has been finding joy in the little things. I take so much more joy in just sitting outside and feeling the warmth of the sun while I work or read. That taking time to go for a walk with my family isn’t a chore or something I need to fit in to my schedule, but something that lets us get a little exercise and talk without the interruptions of todays life. I know it can be done, but it’s tough to take a walk while looking through Instagram.I learned that my family needs more of my undivided attention. That slowing down a little and enjoying that walk or just the time in the backyard feeling the warmth of the sun are things that I hope never go away after this is over.
Lastly, I have always thought that I would do great as that guy living in the woods all alone, I was wrong. We where designed for fellowship. We are suppose to come together and worship. I have loved what we are doing by putting up a playlist every Sunday for worship. I am proud that we have been able to come together online as a church. But its not the same. It’s not what we are called to do. This was not something that the early church ever questioned we see in Act 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. The early church devoted themselves to fellowship and sharing meals and praying together. Matthew 18:20 reminds us that when two or three are gathered Christ will be among us. And the last verse for today comes from Psalms 150:1-6 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! … The things we are doing online as a church have been awesome. And I pray that they have been moving you to a closer deeper relationship with Christ. But, I can not wait till we meet together, to hear the praise band, to see you all worshiping and praying as we sing. To feel the goosebumps as Dave says something moving, or sometimes convicting. To feel the presence of God as we gather in His name. So, I for one miss our worship time, and I am anxious to get back together and think it will be such a moving day for all of us. You never know, you might even be able to see some of that dance the Psalm talks about.