Updated: Apr 25, 2020
While many brave first responders and essential workers are publicly fighting infection on the front lines, many are home alone, dealing with an internal struggle. Some people cannot handle isolation. These are what some folks call extroverts; the ones that are at every social event, making new friends wherever they go.
True extroverts were born that way, that is their nature. However, a lot of hurting people put on this facade as a coping mechanism. If they are always busy, or around noise, people, or parties, they don’t have time to think about what’s hurting them. A stay at home order could be detrimental to them.
A lot of people can’t stay in the house by themselves simply because they are not comfortable with themselves.
They may be avoiding grief, unresolved trauma, or some other cause of self worth issues.
Isolation causes one to listen to that inner voice that they may have been trying to mute, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Instead of allowing this confinement to be an excuse to sink into a depression, they should look at it from another angle....what if that ‘little voice’ they’ve been trying to silence wasn’t their own voice at all, but God trying to get their attention? So many people feel like they are stuck in a meaningless routine, yet they do nothing to try to change it. Their daily schedule is too full to meditate, read the Bible or to have quiet time with God. The Apostle Paul said that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
It is up to us to not buy into the media fear of despair and depression, but instead align ourselves with what God wants for us. This time of quarantine can be one also of emotional and spiritual growth and healing.
The old question, “if not now, when?” was never more appropriate than now.