A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:31-33
Perhaps now, we can understand a bit of what Jesus’ disciples felt in the upper room. Jesus told them that they would be scattered to their own homes. Separated from each other and separated from Him. Here we are amidst this pandemic, scattered to our own homes, mandated to social distance and not to leave home except to shop for essentials.
Though separated from many, are we separated from Jesus? Have we left Jesus alone? Have we set Him aside to focus on other things? Are we catching up on our favorite shows, watching movies or reading novels? It’s so easy to allow other things to distract us from being present with the Lord and growing our relationship with Christ.
After five weeks of sheltering in place in Oregon, many are longing for the old days of gathering with friends and other family members or going non-essential shopping and eating out at restaurants. Yet, others are enjoying this slower pace, undivided private time, making delicious home-cooked meals and learning a new hobby or skill.
Whether we are struggling or at peace, we all have one thing in common; a loving Father who sent His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Be encouraged! He is right there waiting for you! Turn to Him and invite Him into your day!
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for sending us your Son Who has overcome the world. Thank you for guiding our days when we seek you. Help us to see the good in all things and to feel your peace at all times. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
For further reading: John 16