A Time to Refrain

I thought this quarantine would be the time I needed to edit hundreds of posts, write about life, lessons and Jesus, but that has not happened.

In fact, I am not even sure where the time has gone.

I’ve worked and made a few trips to the office. I got a couple of big projects completed, but I would have been doing those anyway.

I’ve made a few trips to the grocery store, cleaned and organized (a little), but nothing monumental.

There’s a stack of books that I’ve dreamt of reading when some free time came around (preferably by the beach), but I guess reading those at home isn’t quite as appealing.

I imagined family game nights, time for Bible studies together and making up for lost time.

This month, one year ago, was one of the most fruitful, spiritual experiences of my life, but this April, I am Elijah sitting under the broom tree.

I don’t like it here.

Sure, I have tons of notes and ideas stuffed in purse pockets and journals that could be the beginning of a meaningful post, but the words also seem to be in quarantine.

I don’t want to write about the Glad Game right now.

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away… Ecclesiastes 3:5-6

Just when you think you might be on level two or three of considering something “all joy,” you realize the game started over when you weren’t looking.

What does it mean when the Bible says things like, “And God hardened his heart?” Is this just for non-believers? Does it also happen to children of God? Is it always for a greater purpose?

What if I just turn away from anyone with a hard heart? A lukewarm heart? Is that the Christian thing to do?

Is it a time to refrain from embracing on all levels?

A hard heart basically puts Jesus in quarantine and it quenches the Spirit. It cuts off life to the branches.

The branches wither and die.

Heart of stone.

Heart of flesh.

Because of your hardness of heart…

In a dry and weary land,

To be continued.

Immediate Update ☺️ 04/19/20 – randomly listened to these sermons this morning while searching for something else.

When God Cleans House – Dr. Adrian Rogers

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