By Amethyst Roberson, LPC, NCC
Connecting to one another during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic has become exceedingly difficult. Without the freedom to simply visit a friend, go to church, or even shop it can seem like an empty and lonely world. Perhaps this time alone is not a curse, punishment, or misfortune in any sense. Perhaps it is an opportunity—an opportunity to reconnect with the Holy Spirit and build a firmer foundation with God through the Blood of Jesus. The thing about our God is that His grace gives us a spiritual reset button that we can press at any time, so what better time than now?
Even Jesus, who is one with God, took special care of His spiritual life:
“They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.””—Mark 14:32-34
Regardless of the constant connection that Jesus shares with God He still needed to retreat to a quiet place alone in order focus purposefully and intently. He prayed just like we do, and for reasons very similar—problems and praises. Now more than ever it is important to find that place in our own lives to reach out to God and regain out spiritual connection. This is not about reaching out to a deity that is above us, but maintaining a relationship with our Father who loves us. Yes, it is true that God is above all things, is all things, and knows all things. But what is important to remember is that God IS love and He wants to share that love with each of us.
Despite the troubles of the world and pull of the flesh to dwell on literally anything else but the Word of God, we can choose to reset our minds and refocus on what really matters! This is part of the gift that comes from salvation in Jesus Christ. It’s time to be proactive and use out time wisely, because this connection to God is forever but the things of earth are already passing by. In the words of Paul, “I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord,” (1Cor7:35). Let’s make the most of this time by following the example of Jesus:
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6