Quarantined! Another Perspective
Covid-19 changed our world.
The world has changed due to COVID-19. Our typical and “safe” daily routines have been disrupted, and as it were, shifted by a divine hand. We must get used to the idea that things might never return to “normal” again. As usual, a new “normal” evolves after a crisis. Air travel has never remained the same since the attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York on 9/11/2000. Therefore, we need to think about the eventual consequences or realities of the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Both national and personal economies have begun a tailspin with loss of income, burgeoning employment rate, and business activities that went on holiday.
In addition to the above, we have added a few lingos to our vocabulary. The epidemic was the old normal, but pandemic has become the new normal. I didn't realize the ignorance of my generation until I kept hearing, "we haven't seen anything like this!" While that may be true for us, it is nothing new as the history of plagues in the world reveals. Quarantining became a new normal, cities and whole nations put on lockdowns, and mandatory isolation enforced to curtail the menace. The usual noise of the airplane coming and going was absent, creating an uneasy quietness. Few to no cars ply the road, and deserted city streets resemble ghost towns. Heavily polluted cities report less air- pollution; even crime statistics fell across cities. The morbid fear and deafening silence of the pandemic rang across the major cities of the world.
Weirdly, it enforced restfulness across embattled and war-torn zones. In many years, the whole earth was seemingly at rest.
Christians can hold on to the one truth that will never waiver - God is in control. The galaxies, universe, and the planetary bodies maintained their courses without fail as God-ordained. Also, the sun and the moon rose and set as scheduled according to the divine order. These sustained natural phenomena underscore God's sovereign authority over the work of his hands. Therefore, the believer must trust God's ability to cause all these things to work together for the good of those who love Him.
‘And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.’ (Romans 8:28) AMPC
Walking away from the truth
One early morning, two men were walking away from Jerusalem back to their hometown. They were stunned and a bit traumatized about everything that happened during the past days. They were Jesus’s disciples. They had lived and walked alongside Him for the past three years. They had listened to Him for countless hours. He told them what will happen to Him, but they did not fully understand. Disappointed, they turned their back on Jerusalem and now going back home. For them, it is better to return to yesterday if not sure of tomorrow. It was Peter Drucker, the Austrian-born American, known as the Father of modern management that affirmed that the greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence but acting with yesterday's logic. We are faced with the risk of turning our back at the truth at a time like this.
Jesus informed his disciples of things to come but also instructed them to wait on the Helper, the Comforter that the Father will send in His place. That was too overwhelming for them. They have had enough. They feel abandoned by a Messiah that they had left all to follow. Jesus is gone and now had to wait another forty days. Another forty days of waiting for an experience that they have never had or known. They felt abandoned, empty, and helpless as orphans. They could not stand the idea of been quarantined, the seclusion, and the waiting. What if the Pharisee hawks came for them too as they did for Jesus?
Then, Jesus joined the walk.
It is most likely that you know the rest of the story. Jesus came along to walk with them. They did not recognize him at first in their confusion and disappointment. However, when they sat down to eat later that evening, Jesus revealed to them who He was.
Luke 24, verse 31 says:
31 Then their eyes were [suddenly] opened [by God], and they [clearly] recognized Him, and He vanished from their sight. 32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was talking with us on the road and opening the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up that very hour and went back to Jerusalem and found the eleven [apostles] gathered together and those who were with them, 34 saying, "The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon [Peter]!"
Isn’t it beautiful? They knew, in their hearts, that something extraordinary was taking place while they were on the road with Jesus. Even though they did not recognize him, something within them stirred.
Back to quarantine
So, they went back (‘that very hour!’) walking back to Jerusalem through the night – back to the quarantine upper-room. Not to snack, to chat, or to play, but to pray. Now, they knew that Jesus wanted them to quarantine for a reason. They were rewarded with the blessing of the Holy Spirit – the Helper, the Intercessor, and the Strengthener.
Can God do the same today?
Can God use our world-wide quarantine for the greater good? There is no question about it. He can and He will. The great question remains; will you allow Him? Dear friend, why don’t you let your quarantine experience be the platform for the move of the Holy Spirit? Be delivered from being BUSY (Being Under Satan's Yoke), wait on Him diligently. Something is going to stir. You will rise gloriously from the ash. The disciples received the promised Holy Spirit, who took them on great life-long adventures. The Church was born. What will God birth out of this quarantine experience? It can only be exciting if you will be delivered from acting on yesterday’s logic. It’s a new dawn. Welcome.