is God social distancing?
This post was written by guest writer Susan Menzmer. Visit Susan’s blog at http://chickadeecove.blogspot.com/
Wow! How fast our lives-- for all of us--have changed! Until two weeks ago, I heard occasionally about the COVID-19, and I felt bad for the parts of the world where it was prevalent, but quite honestly it really didn't effect me or my day to day life. Well, all that changed immediately, when within just a few days the college where my husband works closed and sent all the dorm students home, the area public and private elementary as well as high schools all closed, and all the churches also ceased holding services. Boom. Everything stopped. People were told to stop meeting together, stay home, and when you have to go out, keep at least six feet distance from each other. As homeschoolers, quite a lot of our day to day is still the same. My husband is now working from home, and that is different but we still have our regular math, science, and history books. My daughter still gets up in the morning and practices her violin, eats breakfast, and practices piano. I am still behind in grading her math, and I still try and sit down with her each day to read the Bible as well as some other books that we are going through together. But one thing that is quite different for us is not being able to go to music lessons, and music is a HUGE part of my daughter's life! Well, praise God for creative teachers, and for teachers who are willing to truly go the extra mile to invest in our children's lives! My daughter's violin teacher learned how to use Zoom and started teaching lessons that way. I thought for SURE her piano lessons would have to quit, but her piano teacher started using FaceTime and so we had a FaceTime piano lesson this week! Yes, the sound quality left much to be desired, but it was a whole lot better than no lesson! In the picture above, my daughter is holding up one of her music books for her piano teacher to look at the table of contents, so she could help guide my daughter in choosing another music piece to learn. I was so touched by this effort and investment in my daughter, that it brought tears to my eyes and I snapped the picture! If we were able to have face to face lessons, the teacher would be able to hand my daughter a book of music, but in today's situation we have to work with the materials we already have in our house. I appreciate both of my daughter's creative music teachers so very very much! I don't like "Social Distancing" at all, and am looking forward to a future time when it will not be necessary! This all has me thinking of how much we humans love and need each other. . . and I couldn't help but think--is our God a "Social Distancing" God? Did He simply make us humans, and then walk away and leave us on our own--putting distance between us and Him? If we go back to the beginning--the VERY beginning of our earth's history and the history of humans, we find in Genesis that God made us in His own image: Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. But did He walk away from them then, and leave them on their own? No--it was actually we humans that walked away from God, and God still wanted to be with us: Genesis 3:8, 9 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" It was sin that caused Adam and Eve to feel ashamed, to feel like they needed to run and hide from their sin-less and perfect God. Sin--and God--do not mix together. But God still loved His people. He still wanted to be with us. Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took Him. 2 Kings 2:11, 12 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, "My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw him no more. So is it only Enoch and Elijah that God cares about? That He doesn't "Socially Distance" Himself from? Isaiah 40:11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Hummm.....carry them in His bosom. That doesn't sound like He is obeying the keep six feet away from all others directive. But He has so MANY people on this old earth right now, so does He really care about ME? About YOU? Isaiah 49:15, 16 Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. But what if I die? What if, just what if, I contract this COVID-19 and I am one of those people who just don't make it out of the hospital alive? Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for he shall receive me. John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. No, my Friend. God's Word is clear. There is no question about it at all. Our God is NOT a social distancing God. He never was, and He never will be. His deepest desire is to be reunited with us once again! Revelation 21:3-7 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son." I told my daughter this morning, that just like we are currently looking back and saying "Wow! How fast things have changed in just two weeks!", some day we will look back and remember how last month at this time we were still on earth, but now we are with our God in heaven. Never more to part. The forever end of "Social Distancing." I can't wait--and God feels the same way!