We can all look at this “lockdown” as a period of enforced isolation. It is easy to find the whole situation daunting, scary and debilitating.
Or, is there an opportunity to do something very different. Use this experience as the basis for “Opening Doors” to new experiences, new learning and greater understanding.
Manage what you control
The startling fact for most people is that fear creeps into the bones, it hides in corners we just didn’t anticipate. So what sort of wisdom helps us here? How about this statement: “So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.”
That valuable advice was given almost 2,000 years ago. Or go back further to these words: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word cheers it up.” the same author also commented: “Expectation postponed makes the heart sick, But a desire realised is a tree of life.”
So thinking about what could or might happen, listening briefings that are designed to scare you and then worrying about things we don’t control has a negative effect.
Identify what you can control it is the first step to opening those doors of opportunity.
Identify the source of real comfort it is the second step establishing the meaning of our lives this too is opening the doors.
Identify the action you need to take only then can you pass through those doors the same reference work simply states: “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man.”
The admonition that we heed is to read God’s Word Everyday, tie it on our hearts and let it guide our thinking. It frees us from so much anxiety, as a friend always says “this too will pass!”
When the virus is gone there will be something else to scare us, the media will make certain of that. It is ironic that the media describe those who understand the times we live in as naive and somehow holding on to superstitions but the reality is that prophesy is unfolding before our eyes.
When the author of the prophetic picture offers you an exit it is foolish to ignore it.
Stay well, stay safe and build your courage.