What a surreal situation we currently find ourselves in. The world around us appears so very different to what is familiar and is behaving in a way that we have never experienced before. Much change is hard for all of us and particularly hard for some. I believe we will be surprised by our resolve if we remain as positive as we can.
When we are at work we want to be at home. The idea of being told by the authorities to stay in and not go to work would have appealed to us not that long ago. When it happens it is not quite so appealing. The restriction placed around our lives is hard. We were created to do, not sit and watch the world go by. Doing nothing has a detrimental effect on our mental wellbeing. We have to have purpose and as Christians that purpose is to love God and love our neighbours, practically.
Some time ago someone sent me a picture that simply said, “when all else fails refer to the makers handbook”. There is much encouragement, reassurance, and hope, in God’s word. Let me encourage you to keep it close. We see so many Biblical quotes from others through social media and the like. This is what God is saying to them and though comforting may not be speaking clearly to you. Please spend time reading the Bible for yourself let God speak to you personally in the moment.
Do not get distracted by the detail, which seems to change daily, but keep mindful that the whole idea of restrictions is to minimise contact. Every contact leaves a trace and Coronavirus is very resilient when passed from one to another not only on contact but in the air we breathe. Please help yourself to be safe and healthy whilst continuing to support each other. I am encouraged by the creativity of people in keeping in touch and supporting others more vulnerable than themselves. Thank you for that.
My family and I are doing all we can in preparation for our move to Saltwood & Lympne. We continue to pray that the delay will not be exacerbated by the restrictions. We also pray for all of you that our God will reward us all for our faith by returning the light at the end of the tunnel, which for the time being, appears to have gone out. However, we are often reminded that God is doing the most when we feel He is not there. Be assured, He is always there.