We are not alone now

Thursday, April 2, 2020

We are now under mandatory quarantine. By mid-day, it feels like it will be an eternity. Some are being productive — exercising, cleaning, sorting. Some are binging old movies, histories, mysteries, Hallmark, love stories, war stories. Some are reading (basically the same list). Some are taking walks, some are taking naps. We do what we must to keep our sanity.

We’ve not been this way before. Many do what we’ve always done, because we’ve always done it. Maybe we need to challenge ourselves. Try a different genre, switch it up – change the furniture. Spend intentional time exploring your faith. Return to your faith. Support one another, call friends, family, send a text, an email, a letter. Challenge your brain read something more educational than escapist. Or do something different and sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and a good ol’ Who Done It.

Let’s come through this stronger. Ready to celebrate what we’ve missed. We will come through this — together, though apart for a time. Things will be different. Some things will never return to the way they used to be. We will live a new normal. We will have lost friends, maybe family. Some jobs will never return. We will have learned more about ourselves, about humanity, about life. What’s important, what is not. Things will be different.

We may feel we are wandering in the desert now. We are staying away from others. For a while we’ll miss shopping, going out for dinner, attending sporting events, concerts, conferences, retreats, and church.

But God is in this with us. God did not send a virus to judge or destroy. God promises to walk this lonesome valley with us.

We are not alone.

God is with us here in the chances and changes of our life. God has given wisdom to people to find a cure. Compassion to people to care for the ill, to walk with those who fear and grieve. Kindness to others to offer a kind word of encouragement, a roll of toilet paper, a loaf of fresh bread.

We have been told how we can stop COVID-19. The governor has put Montana under a stay-at-home order. Follow the Golden Rule. Stay away from others. This is how we can halt the spread of this disease. Do not become infected. Do not infect another. God has given us the wisdom to see this will work — but everybody must follow the directive. We are to stay isolated, leaving home only to shop for necessities or for medical care. For a social people this is difficult, but it is the best way to love your neighbor at this time. But we must do this, and do it in love.

Stay safe and take courage, God is with you. God will never leave you or forsake you. God walks this dark valley with us and will dance with us when we have come through it.

Tonia Fisher

Columbus