Intersecting Life and Faith

Don’t Waste Your Isolation

This post is a bit dated as I began it a few weeks ago. The message is the same, and the title is not original.

I’ve been pondering two quotes for quite a long time. I scribbled on index cards, then taped to my desk, moved to my journal and back to my desk. These words have been a source of encouragement to press on, especially in the days we have been living.

But though today maybe unremarkable, it is not unimportant. Today is unique, priceless and irreplaceable. God does not waste a day. Jon Bloom

These many weeks of our stay at home order have been remarkable in the sense we’ve not ever faced a pandemic, and I am finding the days seem to run together with a Tuesday feeling like a Friday, or a Saturday feeling like a Monday. The other quote I have been carrying is from Zechariah 4:10a

For who has despised the day of small things?

While I don’t take random verses out of the Bible and apply them to daily life, this verse did hit home. I’ve been taught that ‘context is king’ when it comes to Bible study and application, a lesson for another day, but this verse has been a great reminder to not snub the ordinary, to not look past today for tomorrow’s excitement And it is ordinary and mundane I am craving right now. I realize I am very blessed to have a home to live in, enough food to eat, and a couple of people, husband, and daughter, to chat with. But I am feeling disoriented with this fifth week of sheltering in place. (This feeling has lifted, replaced with making my goal to be content. This was originally written a few weeks ago, so I better get it posted).

As I think back to the quote and Bible verse, I want to find the unique, priceless, and irreplaceable qualities of each day. I don’t want to waste the day wishing this isolation was over, I don’t want to meander through the day without purpose. I don’t want to waste today, or tomorrow, or the next day. My purpose for today is going to look much different than yours. And the purpose may be as mundane as that first cup of coffee in the morning, the stillness of a mid-morning quiet time, or planning dinner for the family. Maybe your purpose is to work from home while teaching your children, or maybe it’s trying to find ‘what’s the point of this day’ while living alone, or for many of you the feeling of being totally overwhelmed. I don’t know what your today looks like, and just wait a day and new information will change it again.

Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in today, will you join me in remembering this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it, for the Lord does see us in the mundane and the pandemic of 2020, and this day is unique, priceless and irreplaceable.

4 Comments

  1. Sue Price

    Thank you for this encouraging post!!!

  2. SUE SHIPPEY

    I really liked the first quote you posted. It was brought to my attention many years ago to not waste our days as we’ll never get them back. I can say I am enjoying my time home although my work hours have been reduced to part time. I actually have time to do some reading and checking off items on my to-do list. I get to listen to christian music all day long if I want. I do miss my family and my church family but it won’t be long now before we can be together again.

  3. Judy

    Thank you!!

  4. Mary

    As Paul Tripp says in one of his books, we experience fewer significant moments in our lives as compared to the thousands of little moments. Little moments are what make up our lives.
    So those little moments really do matter!! Enjoyed the blog!

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