It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on almost one year of Covid lockdowns! It has been a long year. Coming from someone living in a 500 square foot studio apartment by myself, I can definitely attest…it has been a trying year.
Recently here, I have been put in the spearhead position of my friend group (and covid pod) to find a cheap Airbnb for the eight of us to go for the long weekend. It doesn’t have to be in a fancy place, it doesn’t have to have any attractions or touristy things around. I was literally told…”just find a place where we can all hang out together in a house.”
I mean, talk about how the standard of what constitutes a “vacation” have changed. I think back to the era of the Fyre Festival, where young adults were jet-setting around the world to the next Instagrammable luxury hotspot…(not that I was even CLOSE to being anywhere NEAR that crowd)…and now it’s like…find an Airbnb we can carpool to that doesn’t have bedbugs or smell like cats.
Oh, how times have changed.
But anyway…in my quest for a quaint ranch house with a grill, I kept thinking about how…this is all we really want.
To be together.
My friends, we are all living in teeny tiny studio apartments by ourselves in New York City. We’ve braved the pandemic alone in the city, where our only contact to the outside world, has been a computer screen, or our brave bodega guy who has miraculously managed to stay open through it all.
But the truth is, we’re hungry for human connection. Real, in person togetherness that we have been deprived of for so long. SO long.
We’re craving connection.
I’ve been stuck on this thought all day. Because the truth is, it’s not just studio-dwelling New Yorkers who are feeling the weight of isolation after nearly 11 months of lockdown. Maybe where you live doesn’t have quite as drastic restrictions in place, but we’re all grappling with this lack of connection.
Children going to school virtually. Working from home. Strict regulations on get togethers. And just, the fear of either contaminating someone else, or contracting the virus yourself.
It has been emotionally draining, and I feel as though many are hitting their breaking point….as evidenced by my fellow New Yorkers braving the harsh North East winter elements to eat outside huddled underneath heat lamps in their heaviest down sleeping bag coat. We’re getting desperate. We’re nearing the end of our rope.
There has only been one other time in my life where I’ve felt this weight of aloneness, and oppression of fear, and that was when I was at an inpatient hospital to recover from my anorexia back in 2007. As an 18 girl, I have vivid, vivid memories of those first few nights, willing myself to sleep. I was temporarily sleeping on a cot at the nurses’ station so they could monitor my heart overnight. My case was so severe, and my body so dangerously depleted that they feared I could go into cardiac arrest in my sleep.
But there was one verse that really helped me through that time, that I want to share with you tonight, if by chance, you’re like my friends and me, and feeling the weight of being alone.
It’s from Acts 2:25: “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”
I did not get through those days on my own volition: Jesus carried me. He never abandoned me, even though most days I couldn’t feel Him there. He was, and He fought for me tooth and nail, until one day, I could tap in and start fighting for myself.
Jesus shows us just enough to make faith possible, but hides just enough to make faith necessary.
Hang in there, friends. This too, shall pass. And in the meantime, invest in some boardgames, and enjoy some togetherness with a Covid-safe friend.
I just want to offer up a quick prayer for the March for Life that is taking place virtually tomorrow. Thanks to the riot on Capitol Hill and Covid restrictions, the pro-life march, which usually draws hundreds of thousands from all over the world, has to take place virtually. It has not been covered by the mainstream media AT ALL. And just today, Biden repealed the Mexico City Policy, which banned the US funding foreign nonprofits that promote or provide abortions. May the voice for the voiceless be heard, and may God bless the women who are facing an unexpected pregnancy. May they feel loved and supported, may they know they they have other options, and may they choose life.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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