Bible Study Reflection: The World Interrupted

I was doing my bible study yesterday, (if you are looking for a good devotional you should definitely check out Wholehearted by Jordan Lee Dooley), I was given this devotional at Christmas the year Scarlett was born and as you can imagine I spent a lot of my time ACTIVELY seeking the Lords comfort and peace.

In the years since I’ve been distracted and caught up in the distractions of the world that I wasn’t seeking him as often as I should.  However, over the last few months, I’ve realized that my life has been lacking in spiritual growth so I’ve made changes and have begun to actively seek him again. (I am thankful that I serve a God who is so forgiving.)

Anyway, during my devotional reading yesterday the verse Romans 1: 11-12 was the focus. It reads:

“For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Romans 1:11-12

What I love most about this devotional is that the writer gives us her experiences and how God has worked in her life in order to help her SEE him, and the work of his hands. She then, of course, pairs it with a verse from the Bible to help make spiritual connections and asks us (the reader) questions which encourage us to make our own connections from our own experiences.  (Which is how devotionals usually work – in case you’re wondering.)

So with this verse, the question was asked, “Has an interruption in your life ever been an opening for God to work for good for your sake or that of someone else?” 

Honestly, I was kind of stumped on this question. I mean, of course in my life there have been “Ah-ha!” moments when I could clearly see God’s work in either my life or in someone else’s. Oftentimes it’s been during unexpected conversations that have taken place between myself and someone else. But I couldn’t recall one specific moment where this has happened – until today.

I went to “virtual” Church this morning, (at Raintree Christian Church) and during his sermon, the pastor talked about how COVID-19 has affected everyone and interrupted everyone’s lives. For some people, it has forced them to stay home, loose hours, loose jobs, etc. While for others they’ve had to work overtime and not stay home with their families. And that’s when it hit me; my specific moment where I have seen God create an opening for him to work, not just my life, but in EVERYONE’s life.

Since social distancing has gone into effect, Scarlett and I have spent more time together than we had been. As you know, in the fall (September 2019) we put her in a Mother’s Day Out program that holds classes two days a week, and recently I had started working on those days as well. So we were able to spend some time apart which has been a blessing for both of us. But before that, I was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom, and Scarlett and I spent every day together since bringing her home. So, social distancing hasn’t been a huge change for us, (because we’ve practiced it before). Like so many others though, this time around staying home every day was not a voluntary decision and it has forced me to get a little more creative in finding ways to keep her busy & entertained.

It’s been a rocky transition. Scarlett is too young to understand why we can’t go see her friends and the change in routine has created some changes in her behavior. As for myself, it’s been somewhat challenging. Although I can’t say for sure that it’s been solely because of the effects COVID-19; I’m positive that it’s just a side effect from raising a toddler, haha. It has forced me to slow down and not constantly be on the go-go-go. Like I said, I’ve had to get creative and I’ve come up with a daily schedule for us to follow to help reestablish a routine for Scarlett (and help my sanity lol). I’ve also made it a point to get up early and have quiet time for myself, which is usually when I am able to do my bible study.

That brings us back to the question, “Has an interruption in your life ever been an opening for God to work for good for your sake or that of someone else?”

I strongly believe that with COVID-19 making its way across the globe, social distancing has created an opening for God to come into peoples lives and draw us closer to him. Our elderly are being safeguarded and cared for, our children are being loved on and parents are spending more time with them. People in our communities are stepping up and putting themselves at risk in order to protect and serve others. The earth is healing itself and people are coming together in ways that are safe, creative and beautiful.

It’s amazing to see.

I know it may not all seem like “sunshine and roses”, and there are difficult moments and things that happen where you might think, “for real people”? (ie. hoarding, people STILL gathering, or your children are all throwing tantrums simultaneously, lol) But there is SO MUCH GOOD happening. And bearing witness to it all is something we will all be able to attest to once this is over. But until that time passes, rejoice in Lord, and choose to see his goodness. Use this time that he has given us to seek him and soak in the word. Play with your children, read to them, pray for your elderly, pray for our healthcare workers, those truck drivers that travel nonstop. The grocery workers, the small business owners, your church family, & your co-workers. This is a difficult time for all of us and an unexpected interruption in our lives, but isn’t Gods timing always perfect?

I cannot wait for this social distancing to be over. I can’t wait to see our friends and families again.  I pray that COVID-19 passes through quickly and the mortality rate doesn’t surpass any other pandemic the world has faced. I also pray that when things do go back to normal, people remember this time and humble themselves, and never take for granted the things God has given us.

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog. You guys have a blessed & beautiful day.

Love, Riaa

Romans 1_ 11-2

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