The motto of this pandemic situation has been “Maintain Social Distance”. And while in this season, I was moved by the Holy Spirit towards the question “Is there a social distance between you and Me(God)?” 

When we maintain a social distance from the mortal realm, do we also move towards a social distancing with the immortal? Or do we press in further towards He who is eternal? 

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah the prophet in the old covenant, had to go through the season of the wilderness. A truly desperate time.

In verse 4 ‘But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”’

Yet it was in the middle of this wilderness that he learnt to press into His creator even further. 

In the following  verses the Bible says, ‘He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again.’

He allowed for God to be his sustenance in a space where humans could no longer reach him. And this pressing in brought about a change in his entire perspective of all that has happened to him. This lack of social distancing from God led him to be a transformed mortal whose work was honorable in the eyes of God and man.

In  1 Kings 19:5 God says “get up and eat”. I believe we can do more in this season than any other before. Let us use this time to GET UP from all those shackles that are desperately holding us down, hindering us from experiencing God in all His goodness and start FEEDING ourselves with the word of God, so that we empower ourselves to fully enjoy our relationship with God. In this lockdown situation, let us build ourselves in Christ as He is our cornerstone. Let us take this time and make use of it to the fullest extent that God desires us to.

May the motto of this pandemic situation be applicable only to the mortal realm and not to the Immortal One.

Our guest author for the week is Vidhya Jacob, a charismatic and lively member of our church in Manipal. At 19, She is one of the youngest members in the church and we are so inspired by her passion for God in her forming years.

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