Embrace the Good
In a February lecture at Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) renowned Womanist theologian and biblical scholar Renita Weems paraphrased the term activist with this proclamation: “Change begins with a shock, loss, with a radical interpretation of what just minutes before had been certainty…When life changes under our feet, despite our resistance, without our permission, it is an invitation to grow or die. Change or die.” Dr. Weem’s sentiments certainly speak to where we are today. Social distancing is the biggest change facing America and other countries throughout the globe.
Many would agree that COVID-19 has caused immense stress. Parents are working from home while homeschooling children, employees across the country have lost jobs, having no answer to how they’ll support their families and medical professionals and first responders are relentlessly working the front lines.
Everyday life, as we knew it, is on hold. No gatherings with friends and neighbors. No meetings with recovery support groups. No attending school in the brick and mortar classroom. For most, no working alongside co-workers or sharing life updates and laughter with them at the water cooler.
Instead, the situation has forced us to quarantine. While it’s not the ideal outcome, self-isolation does provide an opportunity: to embrace or lean into what I call “spiritual confinement.” I have embraced this idea of spiritual confinement to spend more time with God and myself and to simply BE in the present.
For example, the disruption of my daily life schedule has slowed me down so that I can sit and be present and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, as I embrace the good around me. Sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine, enjoying a nice long walk without keeping an eye on the time because I have to be somewhere, listening to the birds still chirping away (without a care in the world) like a sweet melody to a song that gives me joy — have all opened up a world of serenity for me.
I invite you to embrace this time to BE still before the Lord as you get to know God. For me, this means using scripture, as a foundation for my personal development as I allow it to create a visual for my onward spiritual journey and growth. I’m looking forward to seeing the change both God and myself desire to see manifest in my life as a result of our current climate.
I believe this pause on our rhythm of life is here for a reason. If we can optimize this time to better ourselves in whatever areas need improvement, there will be something good on the other side of “this”.
As Romans 8:28 states, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.”
Erica Fluckus is a Masters of Divinity student at Columbia Theological Seminary.