DAILY MOMENT WITH JESUS – May 19, 2020  by Karen Blanchard

 

I remember reading this post on Facebook early in May and liked it so much that I reposted it on my page:

 

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …

I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

Realize that and be kind.

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We are ALL navigating this storm differently, yes, but we are ALL navigating it to be sure! It can be SO disorienting, disconnecting, distracting, disillusioning, ….   We are accustomed to a regulated schedule that is dictated by our obligations and activities.  This quarantine has challenged this for many of us.  But can I challenge you to bring back discipline again?  Schedule your life as though someone else was requiring it because it brings LIFE!  When we lose our routine, we become disoriented and unmotivated.  A day or two like this is fine, but weeks?  Not so much!  It’s really easy to live sloppily right now.  It feels like time doesn’t count – like we’re just killing time until this is over.

 

But this is a time of TREMENDOUS purpose, great opportunity, and CRUCIAL intentionality!  This is a time to be “never lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)

So here are some questions we could be asking:

  • What is God doing during this time?
  • What is the Father inviting us into?
  • What is flaring to the surface? Pay attention. What dross is He refining from you?
  • What are you doing to keep others from feeling isolated?
  • What are you praying for most?
  • Where are you tarrying in Jerusalem (at home) for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? (Acts 1:4)
  • Where are you stuck or where can we help each other out?

Yes, we can agree that this storm we are riding out together looks different for every person.  It is INDEED a storm, but God is still at work!!  Let’s be intentional in being united in purpose as we seek to make the most of what God is doing in the midst of it!