Back when the quarantine started, I scribbled in my journal, Day 1. Every day I write the day, date, and the number of days in quarantine. As I write this now, tomorrow is Friday, August 14th, and it is 150 days. WOW! 150 Days!
At my office, we talked and said, “remember we were thinking we would have to quarantine for two weeks?” The time has gone by so fast, but then again, the time has almost stood still.
Every day I read the devotional, Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. I have been reading this devo for the past 24 years. I highly recommend it! On July 29th it stated this:
We must trust the Lord through the darkness, and honor Him with unwavering confidence, even in the midst of difficult situations. The reward for this kind of faith will be like that of an eagle shedding its feathers is said to receive -----a renewed sense of youth and strength.
I absolutely loved that. The part with the eagle intrigued me, so I googled it. “Why does an Eagle shed its feathers”? I found an article called The story of an Eagle. Don’t be afraid of change. Accept it gracefully.
In the Eagles 40th year, its old-aged and massive wings stick to its chest, making it difficult to fly because of their thick feathers. “The eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through the painful process of CHANGE! This process lasts for 150 days”!
This time in quarantine certainly has been a change. We were forced to stay home from school and our jobs, only to go out to the grocery store. It was kind of cool, but then as the days crept along, it got harder and harder. Very heavy!
Heavy for a lot of reasons.
People lost their jobs, were hospitalized and dying, and fear and anxiety were growing by the minute. We learned to make life completely different. I think over these 150 days, we have certainly shed some feathers.
Trusting God through the darkness and honoring Him even during this challenging situation. Every day I had a choice to make. I could lose all hope, give up, complain, OR embrace this painful change and SHED my feathers. I decided to embrace the process. Without knowing it, I did SHED my feathers, and it looked something like this……
H: Help me, Jesus
E: Enjoy the moments, one day at a time
D: Dance in the storm
Daily I say to Jesus, “I surrender. Lead me and guide me today. Help me, Jesus! I can’t do this day without you. Thank you for all that you have provided today”. I would consciously have to remember to enjoy the moments being at home with my husband and daughter. She is about to leave for college next week, and what a precious time we had over these past 150 days. Don’t get me wrong, being quarantined was hard, we had our “moments.” But I enjoyed every second being with both of them. Now, all that is left for me to do today is a dance in this storm until the rain stops, and I see a rainbow peering in the blue sky.
The storm will stop at some point. We might have to go through another wave again. I don’t know, but what I do know is, God is faithful, and He can be trusted. He is getting me through this challenging situation. I just have to keep remembering to SHED.
Every.single.day! SHED. Repeat it over and over, like a prayer.
The last part of that devo said the reward for this kind of faith is a renewed sense of youth and strength. I don’t know about you, but dancing in the rain with my cute rain boots is somewhat youthful. Picture yourself dancing with Jesus in the storm. He won’t leave you there alone! That is a promise. And the strength you will walk away with is limitless. You have to make a choice to do it!
I am adding an S to SHED, it will now be SHEDS! The S is for SOAR! When this pandemic and our personal storm is over, we will be able to SOAR the open skies giving glory to God for all that He has done.
So FINE, Sister, SHED your feathers and hold on to the promise of Isaiah 40:31:
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint!
Will you dance with me in the rain?
I love you,