Distancing or Disconnecting

How’s everyone doing with the stay-home order? Introverts tend to be homebodies so personally, staying home hasn’t been a problem for me. As a matter of fact, I rather enjoy it. Plus there is always something that needs to be done around the house.

Not to mention the fact that it’s such a hassle to go anywhere with all the precautions that have to be taken as to not catch or spread the coronavirus. With that in mind, I’d rather stay at home as much as possible.

However, I have run into a problem. I’ve noticed that I’ve begun to be a little discouraged lately. I’ve confused distancing with disconnecting.

I guess I’ve always been kind of a loner. I’ve been guilty of falling into the trap of thinking I don’t need other people due to past hurts and disappointments. In the past, I’ve used it as a form of self-preservation. But now it’s just a bad habit.

Now that I’m in a deeper relationship with the Lord, I figure I should just go to Him with all my hurts, disappointments, and discouragements. I should always go to the Lord first. We all should. But there are times when we just need a trusted friend to talk to.

We are human. God did not intend for us to go through this life alone. He’s put people in our lives that we can talk to and open up to. People God uses to give us what we need when we need it; correction, comfort, God’s word, prayer, or just a listening ear.

In the bible, there is an account of Joshua and the Israelite army fighting the Amalekites. As long as Moses held his hands up the Israelites were winning, but when he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.

When Moses became tired, a stone was put under him so he could sit down. Aaron and Hur held his hands up until sunset. Consequently, the Israelites won the battle [Exodus 17:10-13].

Moses could have said to himself, “I don’t need help. I’ve got this. The Lord will help me.” If that were the case the battle would have been lost. Joshua may have lost his life. Maybe even Moses himself would have died that day. Imagine that!

Moses was wise. He recognized that God was helping him by surrounding him with people who could and would support and encourage him to stay strong in the battle. They kept him lifted up.

And so it is with us. We need to realize that God did not intend for us to go through life alone and especially to not fight our battles alone. We need each other.

Discouragement is a battle. It is also a weapon the enemy uses to destroy us, our witness, our family, our future, our potential, our purpose. It’s a big deal and it should not be dismissed.

1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 

Just because we have a stay-home order and are practicing distancing doesn’t mean we should disconnect from others. We need to find ways to stay connected.

We can call or facetime a friend or family member. Some people are visiting others outside, staying the recommended 6 feet apart. Some are driving to a friend’s house and visiting with them from their car. Others are sending letters of encouragement to the nursing homes in their area.

Let’s not confuse distancing with disconnecting. We need to take necessary precautions against catching or spreading the coronavirus but we also need to take necessary precautions against discouragement.

Let’s go to the Lord in prayer, read His word, speak His word, listen to His word, worship Him. And let’s not forget to stay connected with others who will keep us lifted up during this battle.

Also, let’s be the one that encourages others. Let’s be the trusted friend that will listen.

1 Thessalonians 5:11a Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 

What are some ways you are staying connected with others? How has someone reached out to encourage you? How have you been an encouragement to others? Share in the comments below.

God bless you. I’m praying for you. We’ll get through this together.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.






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