Until this evening, it had been 9 days since I’d left the yard and almost as long since the car had gone out (Liz went out to get groceries last week).
Getting out was one of…
- Grocery Run: Sometimes you’re thankful for the little things that you otherwise take for granted. It was actually nice to get into the car, leave the neighbourhood and head to the Drive-Thru grocer (So cool… order & pay online, indicate pick-up time, pick-up & be home 20 minutes later). It was strange to whiz through one of our busiest intersections, shortly before 6pm when it’d normally be a madhouse.
- Colour in the Garden: Sun, blue skies & Spring blooms helps to ease the weight of lock-down. The photo at the bottom shows what’s currently in bloom around the yard (here are details for those of the gardening persuasion):
a) pink tulips… those are easy
b) viburnum tinus… gardens here are full of them & bees love them!
c) goodia lotifolia… aka. ‘golden tip’ / ‘clover tree’ are part of the pea family, very fragrant & also much appreciated by the bees.
d) abutilon megapotamicum… aka ‘chinese lanterns’, a gift from neighbours a couple of years ago.
- Psalm 46.10-11: 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Be Still… The world is in panic mode. People are in panic mode. Of course we need to be responsive, but why do people by 4-5 months’ worth of toilet paper and a month’s supply of pasta & rice? Because they’re afraid… they’re panicking. When all the while, God is inviting them to hit ‘pause’ first…. ‘Be still‘.
…and know that I am God. If he is God, then he’s in control. The weight of ultimate responsibility doesn’t lie with us or with government leaders (who, thankfully, do their best)… God is in control and has the situation in hand. He who knows the end from the beginning already sees what life will be like after Covid-19, and he also sees our place in the world. There is comfort in knowing that when I’m overwhelmed by the events of the day, I am in very capable hands… the hands of someone who can handle it all.
That’s the kind of refuge that it truly reliable. That’s my God.
Be still… (breathe) and know that He is God!
Looking for some good reading while your other activities are limited? Read about fly-fishing on the mighty Miramichi River, from my grandfather’s journal.