The World On Pause

I started this blog in earnest last May in 2019, after a couple of warning shots in 2018. My goal was to do at least one post per week, but most weeks I managed two. Last week broke my progress toward that goal. I could not stay comfortable with my laptop long enough to put a piece together due to back pain.

There were a lot of things I couldn’t do last week. I’m still dealing with it, but it’s much better. The pain was a “cease and desist” order on top of the schedule changes that this pandemic has caused.

The effects of Coronavirus have stopped many of us from doing most of our regular activities. Even those who still go to work every day have had many adjustments to normal life. May God bless all those who are bravely working on our behalf.

I’ve heard several good sermons relating the efforts to curb this disease by staying home and limiting our contact with other people to a type of Sabbath. Our culture doesn’t do Sabbath very well, and rarely even thinks about it. Yet, it’s ranked number four in the list of the Ten Commandments.

I won’t get into the Saturday vs. Sunday, or the “pick any day” argument. That’s not my point here. The Bible has a lot to say about the concept of Sabbath, and I’ve read quite a few good books that explore the subject. For this blog post, I offer the idea of moments in time where we hit the pause button.

Sometimes, it’s done for us – those moments where time means nothing. All our goals fall away. Our pressures and priorities are shifted because something more important has taken their place. This is an existentialist’s heyday. As a Christian, I look for what God is doing. I listen to what He is saying through this time. I feel closer to the Lord because I know He is my Source. I wonder how people who don’t know Him are really handling it.

The world is on pause or forced into a type of Shabbat. Only those workers who are essential for maintaining life are supposed to be on the job. That list is pretty broad: health care, truckers, farmers & ranchers, food service employees, government leaders, sanitation & maintenance workers. We are grateful for their sacrifice. They probably don’t have the time to stop and think, like the rest of us are doing.

The toll on human life is huge, and the financial implications are scary. If ever there was a time for the world to consider how little control we really have, that would be now. If ever there was a time for us to realize our Creator is still in control, it would be now. Jesus is King of all the nations. Maybe this is a warning shot or a wakeup call. I hope it’s a re-set.

One day every knee will bow to Him. I pray that during this time, this pause, He makes Himself so real to many people around the world that with one voice, we can cry out “Jesus!” He was Yeshua, who walked the shores of Galilee and who died on a cross in Jerusalem. The same One who conquered death for us and was resurrected. The Messiah-King, who will come again, is getting us ready.

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai!

Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”

This is not the Great Tribulation – yet. It’s bad enough to know I don’t want to be around for that. We may have a long while yet to wait for His return.

The Bible says, “encourage one another with these words.” So, I want to end with encouragement. We have a great hope in the Lord. We will get through this. Things may be different, but we’re resillient people and can adjust. We’re resourceful people who can be creative with what we have. Most of all, I hope you are people of faith, who place your trust in Jesus as Lord of all life. His love and grace will see us through.

Maranatha.

Shalom, Dottie

6 thoughts on “The World On Pause

  1. I am amazed at how much extra time I have now. I have worked from home for the past 20 years, so not much change there. What’s different is the running errands, eating out, socializing, etc. that I no longer do. I have time to stop, think, relax and read–doing a lot of that.
    You are right. We are all on a sort of Shabbat. What we do with this time reflects what is truly in our heart. Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. Thank you for your comment, Sallie. I too have those extra pockets of time, but I haven’t made good use of them. I think my superpower is wasting time. 😅 You are right about this time reflecting what’s in our hearts. It’s bringing out the worst and the best in us. God bless you.

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  3. I’ve been thinking of this season as a kind of forced Sabbath in some ways and for some of us as well. It’s helped me to step back, stop panicking, and regroup, seeking God’s hand in my tiny part of the world. Thank you for sharing your own thoughts. I’m praying your back feels much better soon!

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  4. Thanks, Jen. Maybe we could get Seth’s thoughts too.(Meir Simcha). There is so much to the idea of Shabbat that I would love to explore. Ultimately, it’s a gift most of us haven’t taken advantage of. Where is the gift in the season we are in? Bless you!

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  5. So sorry; I didn’t know you had injured your back Ms. Dottie. Adding you to my prayer list ma’am (you are always prayed for as a writing friend, but will add you by name). Thank you for this inspiring post ma’am. I’ve found that in these “time-out” periods, I can study a bit more deeply and increase my limited understand of God’s word even more. I pray many of us find a deeper meaning during this time. God’s blessings ma’am; and please feel better soon.

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  6. Thank you, J.D. I am most grateful for your prayers. It’s not an injury but a degenerative disk condition in my spine. It just flares up from time to time. It’s better this week, but prayer is still appreciated. These serious world events do have some bright spots, when we can spend more time with the Lord & in His word. Romans 8:28 proves true over and over. I thank you for your comments here. The Lord bless and keep you.

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