This lockdown and social distancing got to me today.
I woke up fine, but then I went outside and saw that the sun was out and it was a beautiful, sunny day unlike the last few days that have been overcast. I stepped outside my house to the garden and looked around and I began to feel sad. Sad because I wish there was a cure for the coronavirus right now. Sad because the number of people dead due to the coronavirus continues to rise every day.
I felt uneasy and sad, so I went back inside and went to my special place where I talk to God. Right outside the window of my room there is a tree, which gives out a beautiful, white three-leafed flower around Easter time; it makes the tree look so elegant all dressed in white flowers.
I talked to God and told him how I felt; but this time instead of asking Him, why is this happening?” I thanked Him. I thanked Him for the sun and the beautiful day that He gave us today. I thanked Him for my health and for my family.
I asked Him to reveal to me what is it that I am supposed to learn from this situation and to show me how to use these feelings to bear good fruit. For the ones that get to stay home, including myself, it is also frustrating not being able to help, to do something for all the people who are sick with the coronavirus. We want to help in some way!
I closed my eyes and while I meditated, stood still, looking at that tree outside my window. I realized that the little sprouts that had been dormant during the winter are opening up. The tree is beginning to bloom! I looked up and saw that the tall trees, which seemed to almost touch the sky, were already green and beginning to bloom as well. With all the news of the coronavirus, my mind had been occupied and distracted and I hadn’t been paying close attention to the fact that spring has arrived.
God said to me, “Don’t feel bad for feeling this way, you are supposed to feel this way. This means that you are paying attention to me. The fact that you feel this way is proof that you are not selfish. I want ALL my children to feel this way because this is what will move you away from your own selfishness towards what I want you to do for other people: Love them unconditionally the way Jesus loved on this earth.”
I opened my eyes and God showed me that, just like that little sprout is slowly beginning to wake up and open up so that a flower can bloom, my own heart is beginning to do the same towards humanity. God made me realize that He is doing something in my heart; something good. Suddenly, my eyes began to see how every tree which was barren and naked through winter is now sprouting green leaves and flowers. Everything He touches bears fruit. If He was to say right now to that tree, “Wither and die” it would be so in that instant. God can reveal so much about Himself through nature because He made it.
God spoke to me and told me to go bear fruit in the same way that tree and every other tree is bearing fruit right now. I still don’t know exactly what I’m supposed to go do with my gifts right now, but I know He will reveal it to me soon.
Just because we are staying at home, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything for the people who are fighting coronavirus right now. Or that what we do is not as important as what the first responders are doing right now.
As a believer in Christ who is at home on lockdown because of the epidemic, we can pray not just individually, but collectively with another group of people. We believers know the power of prayer when is done collectively and when we are all in agreement on the same thing. Prayer can be done through social media using video calling or through the phone.
We can use our gifts and talents to encourage other people who need strength right now. We can write, draw, make someone laugh, create something that brings a smile or encouragement to someone in need right now. We can share our resources, time, our money to anyone who is struggling these moments. Even if it’s just a phone call to see how they’re doing, a video call to check on them, or a video shared on social media thanking those doctors, nurses, first responders who are out there working hard without a break.
We all have something to give and if you can’t think of something, ask God to show you and He will show you what you can do!
We believers have the opportunity right now to share the Gospel and put into practice all the things that we profess.
God is not too far from us; He will reveal Himself to us if we ask Him to do so.
“The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
(1 Kings 19:11,12)