Reflection from Bernie: 2 Weeks in Isolation
More than ever, in the last two weeks I have reflected on what is going on in my spirit and how deep my faith really is. The more I read scripture, watch and listen to amazing stories and songs that have been written to specifically praise Gods absolute existence, I am challenged to understand his character and what his love for us really meant. I have also found that as I learn to understand this, I find myself thirsting to know more. Something I have always desired in my very soul, but always finding distractions that take me in other directions. Who would have guessed that reading scripture would give you the desire to want to search deeper. I love my family and friends so much and miss the human contact. However, spending so much time without them leads me to not only reflect on just how important they have been and are in my life, but to also search my very soul for some clarity and understanding in this time.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”.
No matter how many scripture readings I delve into, I always come back to this one. I truly believe that he is calling us to trust him in a time such as this. It is easy to panic and stress, therefore, more importantly, a perfect time to find moments of stillness. God is asking each one of us to listen closely and watch carefully as he reveals his never ending love, guidance and protection over all of us. It is so incredulous what Jesus did for our sins. He actually showed us what path to take. Although we always seem to continuously get side tracked and lost in the noise of life. Has there ever been a time like this? The world as we know it has been stopped in its tracks. There is more silence, less pollution and people connecting in new ways. We know that we all need the physical contact and I can’t wait until we are given that back, but have we ever in history been able to continue to connect on so many different forums. It’s just that continual innate need to belong that drives us to create community in different ways and means. The connection is so important, but so is touching base with God in the silence.
I remember a movie called “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. The earths scientists and governments raced to understand what was happening as everyones attention was captured by everything coming to a stand still on the earth. Entertaining movie in its time, but I can’t help thinking that God is attempting to capture all our attention as our world comes to a stand still. Sometimes I think he is jumping around, waving his hands, saying “Hey here I am, I’m still here”!
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”.
So, the challenge is to get to know who he is and what he is doing in you at this moment as we all find interesting ways to cope with this thing they call isolation.