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Lessons from Quarantine


A few weeks ago, I sniffled through a workday, thinking with regret that allergy season had come. Halfway through my supper preparations, I realized that I could not smell the chicken on the grill. Within 24 hours, I had tested positive for covid, a break-through case. My family quickly quarantined me to a small room where I stayed for the next 10 days. I never became really sick, and our dog, Summer, faithfully came to comfort me. In those shut-in days, my heart grew even more burdened for those who have struggled with this disease, personally, professionally, or in their family circles. 

As I lay in my bed during quarantine, I read 2nd Timothy.  The second chapter seemed written just for days like these when pressure and fear abound on every side. The apostle Paul wrote these words in a quarantine of his own, based not on illness but on faith. His quarantine would end with his death, and this little book is the last one that he wrote. His words have a message for us today.

  1. Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus ( 2 Timothy 2:1). Our strength comes from grace that is in Jesus. It does not come from our own resources, but from His grace – unmerited favor. In that favor, we are strong and whole. 

  2. Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3-7). What does it mean to be a good soldier?  Paul gives us three examples.

    • Like the soldier, we are not to be entangled – Covid has a way of untangling us from other things.  We must know our mission as servants of Jesus, and we must stay true. This can be done in any space, no matter how small.

    • Like the athlete, we accomplish God’s purpose in God’s way. Sometimes His way seems to take unexpected detours and we wait on Him even if we are too weak or sick to move forward. Sometimes it means going forward even when we are afraid (2 Timothy 2:5).

    • Like the farmer, we reap the rewards of the harvest – He rewards those who diligently seek Him, even in the stress of life. I love that promise from Hebrews 11:6. He will be faithful – He cannot be anything other than who He is (2 Timothy 2:6,13).

  3. Remember that Jesus was raised from the dead. The cornerstone of our faith is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In hardship, remember resurrection! That is the most hopeful and helpful word ever spoken (2 Timothy 2:8).

The very last words of Paul in 2 Timothy are filled with praise and hope! May this be the theme of our hearts as we love and follow Jesus in these days!
"The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be glory forever and ever.  Amen!!  The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Grace be with you.  Amen."    In these days of uncertainty and suffering may we offer praise to the Lord Jesus and extend His grace to all those around us. 

  1. Let's continue to pray for those battling Covid and for those who mourn because of Covid.

  2. Let's ask Jesus to show us ways to pray and to practically love those who are ill or quarantined. 

  3. Let's pray for our healthcare workers who are weary.

  4. Let's pray for the mental health of our older population who battle physical limitation and fear over contracting the disease.

  5. Let's pray for our children and teenagers who are weary of living with another level of stress. 

Editor's Note: Cricket has recovered and is back in the office. We are grateful!