As the “stay at home” orders are beginning to lift, and we look ahead to what life, ministry, and our world will look like I wonder if you’ve taken this time to look back. Did you use this time to reset? Did you waste this time binging TV, baking sweets, and sleeping? Those are all fine things to do. I’ve done a lot of that myself. I also found myself seeking a renewal of the Holy Spirit in my life. For the first several weeks of quarantine I was like a clothespin barely holding on to a shirt on a clothesline. With any gust of negative feelings, I could give sway to fear and forget to hold on to the one who holds the future. Was that you as well?
Since those weeks, I’ve found myself in a posture of prayer. I’ve found myself reevaluating what is most important to me. I’ve leaned closer into what the Lord wants for me and been reminded that I am His.
Maybe you need that reminder as well. We often think of January as the time to reset the clock and do better. It’s like a time out in a sport. You have a moment to move on from what just happened and refocus on what to do going forward.
I would never have asked for this time of quarantine to mess up what I had planned for 2020, but I am actually grateful for the chance to slow down and reevaluate. I have wasted many days in the wilderness, but I’ve also paused and reset and asked God to make me clean and renew my steps.
Musical Meditation: Clean, Natalie Grant