okay, so the first true confession is this – I am not (nor have I ever been) a self isolator. I am not self isolating. Everything is closed. I have no where to go! The school where I work is closed. My church is closed. Libraries are closed. Museums are closed. All sporting events are closed. This is not self isolation, this is forced isolation or isolation by default.
next true confession – I am a Hoosier (that’s not the confession part). We love our basketball. March Madness has been cancelled and I am MAD!
Now before you go accusing me of being politically incorrect and of not caring about protecting the aged etc., let me just say – I am the aged! This also means that my friends would be “the aged.” So yes, I care about my friends and myself. But don’t take away my basketball!
my next true confession – I did not stock up on toilet paper when everyone else was doing this. (I did not get the memo) So I have to hope this imposed isolation that they are calling self isolation won’t last long.
my final true confession for now is this – I feel more panic over store shelves being empty than I do over the elusive corona virus, which we are told is lurking everywhere (we just can’t see it). I guess that’s because I don’t know anyone that has the corona virus, nor does anyone I know, know anyone who has it. (but it is everywhere)
and that’s the thing – the enemy you can’t see is always more powerful in your imagination than the enemy you can see and deal with. The unknown produces more fear than the known. (I guess that’s why they keep telling us, “we really don’t know about this corona (flu) virus”, thereby keeping us on edge as they continue to add more personal restrictions each day)
For now I will follow Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 22:21 where He tells me to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”
So if you need me I will be at home self isolating, practicing my social distancing, rendering, writing, praying – but not fearing, I refuse to do that –
But I will “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)
When I fear God I don’t need to fear anything or anyone else. Indeed, “The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (Proverbs 19:23)
sincerely, Grace Day