If you are home alone under Stay Home Notice or quarantine, don’t waste it.
This is a unique time for you. It may well be the “pause” you need in your life.
To be home alone is to be away from the crowd with their constant clatter of words and clutter of activities, besides curbing the spread of virus of course.
Home alone can be the “desert time” that our Lord frequently observed during His earthly ministry.
Jesus spent 40 days alone in the desert before He began his ministry (Matthew 4:1-2). He was alone in the desert hills before He chose the Twelve (Luke 6:12). He spent “desert time” in a lonely place when he learned of the death of John the Baptist (Matthew 14:13). He spent “desert time” by himself regularly (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35). He even tell His disciples, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place …” (Mark 6:31).
Make your home alone that “desert time” of purposeful solitude.
Let it be a time of cultivating that inner sanctuary, creating space for God to speak and made Himself heard. Who knows God might want you to reevaluate your goals and objectives in life.
And that can happen in the solitude of a morning cup of coffee or in the evening before bedtime.
Some of you have children at home and find yourself busier than before trying to meet their needs and demands. All the more, you would need to find a suitable time and quiet corner in your home to be alone with God.
So often God speaks but we cannot hear because we are just too busy.
To be home alone is to be still before God and know that He is our God, even when the mountains quake with threatening pandemic (Psalm 46).
Home alone shouldn’t be an empty time of loneliness. Rather it can be a fulfilling time of growth.
I believe in this season of stay home, God is on the move even more than ever to make us better disciples.
As you stay home reach out for your Bible, not click on Netflix. Let your stay home be a time you play your ukulele, guitar or piano and sing praises to the Audience of one. Let your home alone be a time you pray and pray for those in need despite social distancing.
Develop your sensitivity to God and others during your stay home.
Thomas Merton said, “It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers.”
Cry like the Psalmist, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You” (Psalm 63:1).
May God use your Home Alone “to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).