Under Lockdown, we are becoming accustomed to virtual meetings, classes, and even church services/sermons. Indeed, these virtual engagements have enabled us to keep ‘seeing’ one another and to keep our lives moving forward, as least in large part. In some respects we can reflect that we could survive with virtual engagements.
As good as virtual engagements have been in helping us to survive and carry on during this season, my prayer is that we realize that this not what the Lord intended for us. I pray that these virtual engagements help us realize how much we miss and need the company of one another (physically). One of the blessings of Lockdown could be that we learn to appreciate the gift of one another, the gift of fellowship, and the gift of the physical presence of others in our lives.
The Lord made us to live in fellowship/ in company of others. He made us to need one another, and indeed to be co-dependent on others. We have been created to desire and to crave for the physical company of others.
May we use this time, to ask the Lord to help us appreciate the people in our lives, from whom we are now separated- our families, our friends, our colleagues, and indeed our church families? May the Lord awaken in us the desire to invest heavily in these relationships (physical presence), once Lockdown is over.
It could be that we have become lax, taking for granted the precious gifts of our families, friends, colleagues and church families. This season could then present us with our greatest teachable moment: absence making the hearts grow fonder.
Here are some verses from the Bible, which help us to reflect on our need for and appreciation of these relationships (physical presence) in our lives:
18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:18-22)
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalms 133)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
May the risen Lord Jesus continue to meet you in special ways, over this period of Lockdown.