Recently with all of the chaos in the world I have seen many social media influencers speak out on the top of just being. They have said that it is okay to just grieve and sit with the chaos. Many have made a major point to encourage followers to not attempt to use this time at home intentionally. Their point is that the ‘trauma’ and stress is enough and we shouldn’t pressure ourselves to be productive. We should instead eat all the ice cream our tummy needs and enjoy as much Netflix as we can binge.
It is a ‘you do you’, ‘self-care’ driven rhetoric that has me feeling very uncomfortable. I might get some hate for this feeling but hear me out. These verses have been ringing in my ears:
Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.Matthew 24:42
All over scripture there is a theme of waiting expectantly and being prepared for the coming of the Lord. We are also reminded in Hebrews 3 to be diligent in exhorting one another daily! That takes being present not in our own suffering but in the care of our souls and the souls of others.
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.Hebrews 3:13 ESV
Matthew 24:44 reminds us to be ready because we don’t know when the Lord is coming. With that in mind, is spending weeks, maybe months, under self-isolation doing nothing but laying around really the best use of this opportunity to abide and rest in Him?
Does that mean we can’t have days where we are processing or feeling numb? No, it doesn’t. Of course we will have days where we need to process our feelings and the deep losses we are experiencing. But, we cannot stay there. We need to press into God’s word every day, even if we don’t feel like it.
I have found that for me, the days I woke up and just reached for the coffee and TV remote have been the days I have felt the most hopeless and unmotivated. On contrast, the days when I have woken up and reached straight for my Bible have been some of the days that have been the most peaceful.
It isn’t a perfect formula. Sin and selfish can still creep into my day. Apathy and laziness are still lurking, waiting for me to give in. But I remind myself that God is FOR ME. The chaos in the world is bringing me one day closer to eternal rest with Him.
I am reminded of the parable of the ten virgins and I do not want to be found unprepared for the Lord’s return. We must soak in God’s word and transform our minds to have the mind of Christ. Putting on the full armor of God to be prepared for the spiritual battle of every day.
He is coming soon. He is still on the throne. He is already victorious. Don’t waste today on ‘self-care’ and Netflix when you have the ear of the Almighty God who loves you and is for you! Friends, this is as much about our spiritual health as is about our mental health. Endless days without purpose will bring us down. We were created for PURPOSE, it is all over scripture! Get our eyes off your fears and on to your Creator who made you to worship!
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Open up the Word and soak in the promises of God! Being thoughtful in small acts of kindness to others will also be a beautiful way to take care of ourselves! Comment below and share your heart! Are you weary? Let me pray for you! Have you been doing some beautifully intentional things? Let me celebrate with you! We are all learning together!