April 15

Written by Bill Grandi on April 15th, 2020

Did you know on this date in 1912 Titanic sunk?  108 years ago. Okay…on to other things.

As I write this-April 15, 2020- our lives are being “determined” by the COVID-19 virus. I use the word determined in quotes because while some people see it that way, I don’t.  I still see God in control of this whole scene and firmly believe my steps-all steps- are determined by the Lord.

One of the safety steps we are told to take is social distancing. At home it is called self-quarantine. Do not expose yourself to anyone nor allow anyone to expose themselves to you. It, for many, has become a lonely existence, a lonely time. Sure, there is social media if you use it. There is texting and phones. But interpersonal interaction in minimal, at best. I was reminded of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy. He is in prison with his life soon to  be snuffed out when he writes this letter to Timothy. He asks Timothy to come to him soon (v.9). He’s alone, deserted (v.10). Bring Mark with you and join me and Luke (v.11). Oh yeah, bring my cloak with you also and my parchments (v.13). Is Paul feeling sorry for himself? No, I don’t think so. He is simply gathering his friends around him for one last hoorah. How do I know that? Several reasons:

  1. “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure has come. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…” (4:6-8)
  2. “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (4:18)

Paul may have been in isolation in a dingy prison cell. But the last thing on his mind was defeat. On the contrary, his lips were filled with praise (v.17). In spite of our circumstances, we are not alone. Not by a long shot. God knows and provides all we need. If you are feeling alone, isolated, or just plain fearful, reach out to Him and also reach out to people as Paul did. In this age of social distancing and isolation and self-quarantine, you are never alone and you don’t have to be isolated.

“Father, help me to find ways to reach out while respecting others’ need for space. If I’m lonely or feeling isolated, please bring someone into my life whom I can help.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    Bill, good post today… I almost high-jacked your thought and jumped on a soapbox. It stemmed from what I have been reading on social media in the last couple of days.

    –Bottom line, God is in control, He can be our comfort and our companion during this time of isolation, but we have to allow Him in.

    For those who consider themselves Christians. I would advise reading Romans 13:1-2. I have seen quite a few posts speaking of conspiracies and control… Helps remind us who is in control.

  2. Such comforting words here today, Bill. I can only imagine how isolated Paul felt, yet at the same time, he knew he was never alone, for God was with him.

  3. Ed says:

    There’s nothing like being around people at a time like this… even if it is at home. God is surely in control!

  4. floyd says:

    What a powerful and timely post! If Paul, facing certain extermination, can have peace, certainly we can too. All we have to do is strive to He who lives within us.