Blessings in Sheltering

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Blessings in Sheltering – By Pastor Nancy Rapp

 

Sheltering in place has been hard and oh so good for me all at the same time…..let me explain

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At first, it was new and I was trying to figure out how to do what needed to be done. How to work, get food…  As I live alone, I thought I wouldn’t struggle so much, I am already used to being alone, right? 

 

Not so much! I was all alone….in my house…24/7. The second week I began to feel sad, depressed. I was confronted with just how alone I am. I could not go out to walk around at a store, or sit with a friend, or have my grandkids hug me. The absence of touch was so big.

 

I began to run to my best friend and worst enemy….food. I realized that could not continue and turned to face God with my desire to eat away how I was feeling. I poured out my heart to God, letting him know the pain I felt in being alone and asking Him to sit with me.

 

God was with me, every step of the way, just as He has always been. I needed to turn my face and heart directly to Him and hear His voice. When the world goes fast and I am running from one thing to the next, it is so easy not to turn and hear him, but all I had was time. 

 

What a lovely gift this shelter in place has been for me. There are so many hard things from this disease, and I am not saying we should be thankful for those things. But, in the midst of the hard, there have been many blessings. I hope I will continue some of them long after this shelter in place is gone. Some of the blessing I have noticed have been:

 

  • Slowing down
  • Watching families walk and hearing their laugher in my neighborhood
  • Sweet time spent with God
  • Remembering what is truly important in life
  • Connecting with those I love via phone and zoom
  • Hearing God’s voice over the other voices 
  • Feeling my aloneness in a deep way, bringing that to God and finding Him to be enough

 

Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:1-5

 

Oh Father, how thankful I am for You.