Confession: I don’t know for sure if I am panic grocery shopping on Publix instacart or if I am just precautionary shopping. Ya’ know? Three teenagers home all day. Three meals three times a day plus snacks. We live in an older home—like, 1952 old—so I don’t stock up on items. We have no storage! The pantry is teeny-tiny. A couple of weeks ago I heard someone mention the possiblity of toilet paper shortage. I don’t remember who said what, and I don’t remember being scared at all. I simply thought that I should amazon prime some toilet paper and paper towels and dove soap, so I did. Simple as that. And boy am I grateful for that!
Our days consist of sleeping in every morning. I have coffee and read my Bible and fight against filling my morning with news updates. We are staying on top of laundry and keeping things clean. We go for walks/runs daily. And I do some at-home workouts with the minimal weights I have at home. Again, no room for a home gym.
We put large cut-out shamrocks in the windows for the kids on walks to find—someone organized a Shamrock Hunt for the kids in the neighborhood. Moms need all the help they can get to keep the little ones busy. Moms of teens, like me, have relaxed some social tech rules and allowed more FaceTime calls and texts. But we have stayed home. We aren’t going anywhere. And I sure hope others are actually taking this seriously because if we all sacrifice now, then the spread could be greatly impacted for the good. But we truly need to all be on the same page as much as possible! I definitely didn’t need the government to tell me not to go sit down and eat with my family at restaurants or to not meet with others socially. Josh still goes in to work—I realized many people have to go work, so that’s all the more reason for us who don’t have to get out to STAY AT HOME.
I woke up in the wee morning hours with a really heavy heart. I think I could have cried, but I didn’t. I started thinking about couples who have had to reschedule their wedding. Seniors who so suddenly had their senior year of high school abruptly interrupted and may not walk those halls as a senior again. The seniors that play spring sports and won’t get that chance. I think about business owners that may be scared about not making as much money as they would have if COVID-19 hadn’t darkened our doors. My hair dresser, my gym owner, the weary and worn health care providers, the teachers that have a love and passion for what they do and now it will look so different. I thought of Mack’s teachers, whom he loves to spend time with each day, and I could have cried. Then, there are churches that are having to re-think ministry during these days. And boy oh boy have I had a slap in the face about the PRIVILEGE it is to gather together as Believers. No doubt God is using technology and spreading His Good News in ways we aren’t used to. But meeting together, hugging, talking, singing together….we are missing out.
In Hebrews this morning I was reminded that we need to remember the many times God has proven Himself faithful and good. I was challenged not to be of those who shrink back but “of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:35).
Let’s endure and continually and with confidence draw near to God as we distance ourselves physically from others for the good of all!!
And maybe add these into your nightly routine.