3 Ways to Cope with Social Distancing

My deepest sincere prayers go out for all who’s lost a loved one or health has been affected by COVID-19. I pray God restores and brings complete healing over your life. My prayers also sincerely go out for all who have been impacted by the recent sudden decline in the economy.    

Will the world ever return to normal? Will our lives ever look the same again? How much longer will we need to bear this? Is this a dream? These are real questions we all want real answers to. So many questions, but not enough answers. Just hope. 

It is hard to wrap my mind around how this pandemic has not only impacted a specific region, but the entire world. Everything we are accustomed doing on a daily basis looks different. Work, business, school, church, shopping, it has all changed. 

What do you say when the entire world is changing? Trust God? Have faith? What other answer can we give? We may be absent from our local churches, but when you serve an omnipresent God you are never absent from his presence. 

Here are 3 practical ways to cope with social distancing:

Stay Connected

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”  

Mark 1:35-37

Social distancing can protect us from spreading the virus, but expose us to negative, fearful, anxious thoughts that can weigh heavy on our mind and soul. We are social creatures and are not built for limited interaction. 

Stay connected by spending time with God in prayer and worship. Experience how prayer has the power to change anything. It is imperative to allow God to be present in the most vulnerable season of humanity. You will be amazed at what God can expose you to through this time of isolation.

Stay Contagious 

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2Corinthians 3:18 

Everyone’s immediate focus is and should be on how to weaken the contagious virus by practicing social distancing and good hygiene. However, I believe this is the time we should be highly contagious with our testimony. 

Stay contagious with God’s characteristics. If God has preserved your health and family, be contagious. Reflect like a mirror and spread God’s peace, joy and hope to others. Your testimony will speak louder than actions. God’s characteristics are highly contagious when you share with others and uplift someone through these difficult times. 

Stay Conscious 

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalms 16:11

Different types of news roam around us. Nonetheless, we must be conscious on how things rapidly change. We must be conscious of the current recommendations on how to protect ourselves and our family.  

We must remain conscious that God is still accessible in the midst of our questions, fear, anxiety and current isolation. We are conscious that what we are now living is changing our social world forever. 

Many remain skeptical even after witnessing how many are being affected by the virus. Many more seek shelter and wisely follow the social distancing practices. My heart is heavy yet im confident and hopeful that God is control and will see us through these challenging times. With Gods help we will overcome.

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