“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:25 NLT
I was watching a nature documentary and it tells the story of a herd of elephants traveling through the desert at night. A storm comes and basically obliterates any light they had to see by. They must rely on each other, their sense of hearing, and their sense of smell. They know instinctively to protect the little ones in the herd. As they huddle together, the begin to sense the danger of the lions approaching. They panic. They scatter. The little ones are fine…a grown adult female is cut off. The end has reached her.
The lions did not even “attack” or flank or break up the herd. They merely were present and it was enough to send the herd into a panic. Thus reaching their goal of getting one alone to fill their need.
In the midst of this virus and quarantine, meeting together is difficult. Staying connected virtually has proven to be our means of continuing life as close to normal as possible. Once life goes back to “normal” whatever that will be after this is over, we will be faced with a choice.
To stay in our isolated place or to rejoin the herd.
You may feel blinded by the darkness of isolation. You may feel cut off via the looming threat of a virus – though the virus hasn’t attacked you directly. You may have done what you could have to protect the little ones or the ancient ones, the patriarchs and matriarchs of your family and church. You may still be working and feel isolated from your family in fear of spreading the panic. Your strongest desire is to return to your herd but you feel helpless.
You are not helpless. Your feelings do not define the reality that God has not left you. You may not be able to “see” people but a call, a text, a video chat, even a letter will help fill that people connection void you feel. An even better way to fill the void is to spend some time with your Heavenly Father. Put on some favorite worship music. Journal out what is in your heart. Listen to a sermon or podcast from a Bible-preaching and Bible-believing preacher. Pray. Read your Bible – if you are unsure of where to start, go the book of Psalms. In there you will find the exact emotions you are experiencing whether the emotions are happy or sad. You will find hope, you will find peace, you will find promises of God, you will find the faithfulness of God, you will find joy.
If this finds you as the isolated cut off from the herd, this is your trumpet blast to bring you back into community. To bring you back to the Father. Hide yourself in His presence and the enemy who walks around like a lion* will not be able to find you for you are protected by the ACTUAL Lion of Judah**.
*1 Peter 5:8 **Revelation 5:5