Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
Here we are in quarantine for another week. For some, it is the first time the government has ever told them to do something they liked. Go home and don’t have any contact with others. For others, it is torture beyond words. Who wants to be isolated from their friends? The socially extroverted type personalities are out of their element. I tried to make a list of the things we can be doing through this event to distract from the loneliness.
10. Sit out in your front yard and wave at folks like you know them.
9. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time and visit over the phone.
8. Make a list of the things you miss the least; network news and having to get up early, etc.
7. Check on a neighbor or friend and help them if they have any needs with which you can help.
6. Participate less in social media online, especially if you are ignoring the people in the house with you.
5. Play board games such as monopoly or trivial pursuit.
4. Send a letter to someone thanking them for helping you get through a hard time. Send as many as you want.
3. Talk to your pet, they always love you.
2. Have a quiet time.
1. Wash your hands again.
I know these are a mixture of funny and serious. Keep a good sense of humor. Write your own list of top ten things to do and post it to your friends.
Never forget how useful this time is when you invest it in the Lord. Read your Bible! Read a spiritual book! Pray using your imagination to pretend you are somewhere else while you pray (beach, mountains, lake, or in a prayer closet). Take time to listen to God, even in His silence He is speaking. Seek to be grateful and for all you are worth, be forgiving in this time for everyone is feeling the strain, even those in denial. James 1 is perfect for us at this time. Read it and study it for it has the power to help you.
Soon enough this season of isolation will be over. Be sure and account for it well when someone asks you, “What did you do when you were in quarantine?” Multiply the gift God has given you.