Well, I left the “shelter of home” today and ventured back into the “real world.” Life looked different. It was the first time for me to drive a car in six weeks. (I had to change the radio back to my stations. Imagine that!) Even though it was “morning rush hour,” there were few cars on the road. No school buses to get stuck behind and no school zone to slow me down. I went to the gas station and couldn’t believe that I filled up my car for just a little over $16.00! Wow! During my “quarantine time,” I went for ten days at a time, more than once, without ever leaving our property. Steve had to talk me into “riding into town” with him, just to get me out of the house. I felt safe at home, but staying home all the time wasn’t good for my mental health. It wasn’t good for my physical health either. Life among friends is so much better.
This reminded me of the saying, credited to Grace Hopper that goes, “A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.” We are safe staying home, but we are not made to be hermits. We are made to live, to laugh, and to love others. We have been given the great commission that as we are going throughout the world, we are to “preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) We are to “come together in the church” (I Corinthians 11:18) to “let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16) We are to “pray one for another” (James 5:17), and “grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18) We are “to comfort or exhort one another and edify one another.” (I Thessalonians 5:11) We are to “be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another.” (Ephesians 4:32) On day six of creation, God realized that it was not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) We need each other!
Today, I was excited about “going back to work!” It was so good to see my SEMO BH work family. It was a lovely day in southeast Missouri – I even rolled the windows down on my way home. Life is so good. God is good, and we, my Friends, are simply blessed, Courtney