Self Isolation. Social Distancing. Exponential. Self-Quarantine. Flattening the Curve. Pandemic. Sanitize. 20 Second Hand Washing.
Words that were rarely spoken just two weeks ago are now part of our everyday vocabulary. Today we are all trying to figure out how all this will work in each of our lives. Thankfully, in our life it’s been a fairly simple transition. Currently we are parked at a rural Christian camp in central Florida. The most guests they have had since we’ve been here has been a group of 15-20 quilters and scrapbookers. Even then, our interaction with them was minimal. All other activities on campus have been cancelled for the next foreseeable future. Our group of 8 SOWER couples (along with the host and a couple of staff members) are all in good health and each night we retire to our own little cocoons. In a sense I feel like we are in an ideal situation – enough community not to feel totally isolated and work to keep our hands busy, but enough real-time distance between us to feel totally safe.
Yes, we venture out occasionally to the grocery store (what for these days, I’m not sure) and maybe to get a bite to eat (if we can find someplace open), but we are vigilant with our hand washing (Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday…..) and sanitizing. Next week we will be moving just about 3 hours to the north (near Jacksonville) where we will continue with our Self-Isolation (we’re the only couple there in April) and social distancing. As for trips to the grocery store, I figure if I don’t care how balanced our meals are, in a pinch we could feed ourselves out of the cupboards and freezer for at least month. Oh, and I feel pretty good about this too –
(All in our possession long before the Great Toilet Paper Caper. Just sayin’.)
These are uncertain times for sure. But there is one thing we CAN be certain about. Our God is still on His Throne, and none of this has caught Him by surprise. In the days ahead, let us rest fully in His Faithfulness!
“Be Still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10