“Shelter is place” has become a way of life, requiring us to stay at home during the CoVid-19 pandemic.
This is an unprecedented time in our lives, with uncertainty of how long it will last. The rhythms of life are different. For some, the days are long and lonely; for others, the pace is full of stress due to care taking or working in public places.
On the afternoon of the announced “shelter in place” order, I ventured into a grocery store, with trepidation.
The parking lot was full. People had looks of concern and worry on their faces. Shopping carts filled the aisles, although most of the shelves were empty. Meat cases were barren. Blank freezer shelves lined the frozen food department. Not a frozen pizza anywhere. I reached on a top shelf for the only size box of rice, the largest size, which will feed us until next year.
I found my groceries and exited the frenzied store as quickly as I could.
Whew! Once inside my car, I took a deep breath.
At home, the pace of life slowed. Staying put, stuck at home.
What to do now?
Baking therapy, reading books, watching movies, working jigsaw puzzles…
Only to repeat the same activities the next day.
While we shelter in place, the challenge is sheltering our minds and souls from extra worry.
We may not be in control of the circumstances but we can be in control of our mindset and attitude.
We can choose to shelter in peace. Choose to feed your soul with the peace of the Lord.
- Listen to praise music
- Read the Word
- Pray when you feel worried.
- Limit news intake.
The Lord gives us peace when we shelter our hearts and minds in His word. When we are worried, he is the One we can turn to as a refuge.
When I faced cancer surgery recently, I turned to the Lord and found peace in His Word. I knew I could cast my worries to Him prayer. He took my fears and gave me his peace.
As you shelter in place, rest the refuge of God and shelter in peace.