I find myself referring to this time as the “digital phase” because I have had to completely transform our Youth Ministry to be online. I have been feeling so grateful for technology and the ability to connect virtually so that we don’t feel so isolated. Though, the more I think about it, the more I realize that we haven’t gotten less busy while quarantining ourselves – we have just shifted the delivery of busyness.
We are more digitally reliant than we ever have been. Shopping online, connecting with friends and family on the phone, using Zoom to telework, and doing workouts on Facebook Live. These are obviously all great things, especially if you are extroverted like I am and need to still somehow stay in community. But if we aren’t careful, we will miss out on how I believe God wants us to grow during this time.
Lamentations 3:25 “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
We are given the chance (forced?) to slow down. I’m sure there are more, but I found “Be still” eight times in the Bible. We are terrible at this! In order to receive all that God has for us – all of the joy and peace and kindness and relationship with Him and relationships with others – we have to slow down. I encourage you to quarantine with God.
It won’t look the same for everyone. I have a six-month-old baby, so my method may be different than yours. That’s okay! My plan is to have scheduled times where I put my phone (emails, social media, text messages… all of it) away and intentionally spend time with my husband and baby OR myself. I might pray, cook dinner, cheer baby on as he is learning to crawl, or spend an entire 10 minutes by myself reading a good book. Be still. Be intentional. Don’t let the noise of this world overwhelm you. Allow God’s peace in your life to be louder than the world.
What does that look like for you? What is your favorite verse in the Bible that reminds you to be still? Mine is…
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”