“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” ~BARBARA BUSH
The last few months have proven to be challenging in many different ways for all humankind. With the sudden need to stay indoors, to forgo plans for holiday traveling, to even lessen the times spent at parks or even the normal commute to work, many have battled with the feeling of anxiety of being indoors.
But now many around the world are beginning to draw back the curtains in their lives and let the sunshine in once again. The great outdoors beckons and now many are taking the steps to answer.
Cabin fever has been a real thing. And many are ready for the escape …but I wonder if we truly have gotten out of this time of seclusion and being shut in that we really needed.
I wonder, did we value the extra hours that we were blessed to spend with our children, our parents, our spouses? Did we take the time that would have been spent stuck in traffic to facetime friends we have been neglectful of checking in on? Did we embrace the rest that in many ways we had no choice but to surrender to …or did we wish for the old and familiar.
There has been a great blessing of restoration in relationships during this pandemic, restorations that may not have ever happened had this not happened. Now, don’t misunderstand, I am not downplaying the tragedy that has taken place with the losses of life or jobs, but I wonder if we are beginning to value what we still have as the smoke clears.
Are we valuing and nurturing the relationships we may have been taking for granted or have we learned that an hour of play with our children, an hour or regular 9 to 5’s kept us from is a great treasure? Have we learned that sitting in silence with our spouse watching the sunset is a blessing that cannot be quantified?
Have we allowed the Lord to show us the beauty that has always been within our reach even now as the ashes settle?
Some of us may not return to the regular jobs we once had, or the neighborhoods we once lived in, but for those of us who can return to loving hearts of kin or friend, hearts we have not loved as we should have, will we from this day forward choose to do so?
Some tragedies expose treasures. Some silence blesses us to hear what truly needs to be heard. Some moments of stillness equip us to move with purpose.
My prayer is that as we all step into a new season that we will step in with stronger bonds, having placed in order those things, those relationships that truly take priority over everything else.
Let the closeness we have been blessed to experience not be broken by the space we are granted to take part in in the coming future.
Let us truly have found the value in the best gifts God has given unto each of us, our family, our friends, our neighbors. Let us remember to love each other first.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!