I have been pretty depressed from strict isolation. In my spirit I feel that the crisis is over and sense some relief. Isolation has been a very terrible experience for me – and for millions of others, too, I’m sure. God created us as social creatures and this social isolation has been against everything we were created to be. It concerns me that some of the freedoms we have lost will not be restored. How could any official in his right mind deny church meetings when honoring the distancing guidelines?! How could he/she threaten to “close” a church?! How could a policeman arrest someone for driving, alone, during this pandemic?! I’ve been horrified at the lack of respect those in authority have shown for our freedoms. We’ve come so far from the founding of our nation; and our schools no longer teach American history. Too many of those with authority have no idea how to respect others. And, fortunately, I know I am not alone in my dismay.
The Holy Spirit has been especially close and I am so grateful for Him. What a privilege it is to know the Creator of the universe. He is awesome in His sacred intimacy. I am spending so much intimate time with the Triune God that my spirit/heart is very tender. A friend lost his two dogs to drowning recently and I could feel the grief in him keenly and felt so sorry for him.
I believe “shelter-in-place” is forcing families to realize how far they’ve drifted from all that is good and morally right – a start toward Jesus. I pray their start toward the Lord will not be as quickly extinguished as a burning match, but will be touched to a candle and grow stronger with genuine commitment. Actually, our American churches need evangelizing (see link below). Supporting abortion and moral depravity as well as the sweet encouragement that ignores the presence of sin may bring about serious consequences both for those in leadership and those in the pews.
Romans 1:32 AMPC Though they are fully aware of God’s righteous decree that those who are saturated with every kind of iniquity deserve to die, they not only do those things themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them, as well (Romans 1:32 AMPC).
2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Ezekiel 3:17-27 (NIV) 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself. 20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”