COVID-19! By now most of the world is familiar with that term. That’s because it has literally shut down nations in ways that even wars have not been able to do.
People are sequestered in their homes; businesses have closed or learned new ways of operating; roads are mostly vacant stretches of asphalt and parking lots are empty. It’s a new world out there.
One of the biggest changes is in human interaction – or more precisely the lack thereof. Neighbors wave to each other from the safety of their yards. Residents in assisted care living facilities are confined to their rooms with meals delivered. Employees are working from home via video conferencing, which many will tell you is not the same as face-to- face meetings.
The lack of human contact is beginning to take a toll and stress is on the rise.
That’s because we were created as social beings. When God created Eve it was because it was not good that a man should be alone (Genesis 2:18). He needed companionship. For encouragement. For love. For support. For enjoyment. For sharing. For a myriad of reasons.
King Solomon touched on this subject in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 when he wrote,
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
The bottom line is that we need each other.
It’s not likely that things will change any time soon. We will remain isolated from each other for the immediate future.
But that doesn’t mean that we ignore each other or forget about each other. We still have an open door to minister to people and I believe that people are more accepting of our ministry than at any time since 9/11.
The opportunities for ministry are not lacking, they just require us to do it differently.
While life has changed, ministry has not. God still wants us to touch the lives of other people. We are still to do good to all, and especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
And people need your ministry. They need you!
So, look for creative ways to encourage someone, to lift them up, to put a little joy into their lives. It won’t take much and it’s very possible that you will be just the thing they need to get them through their day.
This is a Time of Opportunity!