Schools are closed. Restaurants are closed and church services have been cancelled. Offices are closed and employees are working from home. Travel has been prohibited and thousands of flights have been canceled. Concerts are canceled and there is no March Madness. MLB spring training has been scrapped, and the NBA, NHL and MLS seasons have been suspended. We may not even have the Summer Olympics.
The world is on a time out.
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes have flown off the shelves and Amazon’s business has blown up. In just a matter of days, our world has come to a screeching halt. And for the foreseeable future, this is our new normal.
We are doing this for the good of our country. We’ve taken drastic measures to keep everyone healthy in the hopes that we can save lives, lives of people we don’t even know. We take our health and the health of our loved ones for granted until something like this turns our world upside down. For some, this feels like prison. We’re all under house arrest because of a virus. We can’t see it, but we can see its destruction.
Caregivers know what it’s like to have their lives radically altered because of health. We know what it is to have our world come to a screeching halt because our loved one receives a diagnosis for which there is no known cure. We know what it’s like to be confined to our homes and have our social lives severely restricted. We know what it is to rely on takeout for dinner and Amazon for everything else.
You see, caregivers are on a time out. A much, much longer time out.
I would be lying if I said this never felt like prison. Every aspect of a caregiver’s life is affected and in ways most people don’t understand. But you’re willing to do it. You’re willing to sacrifice so you can save a life. The life your loved one has left.
So if you feel like the walls are closing in and your windows have bars on them, if you think this must be some kind of nightmare, if you have no idea how you’re going to make it through this, let me share a few things I’ve learned during the last 8+ years of my house arrest:
- This is temporary. It may feel permanent, but this is only for a season. Better days are coming.
- Your attitude is your choice. Instead of looking at your limitations, focus on the positive.
- Count your health as a blessing. Whether you get sick or not, your health is a blessing.
- You’re stronger than you think. No one likes to be pushed to their breaking point, but that’s the only way to discover what you’re made of. It’s also the best way to make you stronger.
And most importantly…
- Rest in Jesus. Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Read Psalm 91 and hold onto His promises. Sit at His feet and stay in His presence.
We’re all in this together. So let’s make the most of it and emerge from this crisis better than we were when it first began.