The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13 ESV
Many people are more consumed with the fear of an empty toilet paper roll than the joy of an empty tomb. While they stock up on nonperishables their hearts stockpile panic and fear. While they seek to preserve a perishable body they forget to preserve an imperishable soul that is the gift of God.
What perishable things have you stocked up in your own life?
It can be easy to forget that before Covid-19 hit we may have already been in the practice of stockpiling things in our own hearts, distracting us from our imperishable God. As you sit bunkered down in your home, ask yourself how much different your lifestyle was prior to the quarantine. Before a state mandated isolation was handed down, how far did you stray from your home? How did you make use of your time? Did you allow yourself to become a slave to busyness and distraction? Or did you make room to let God into your life? How did you treat your home? Was it an open space for others to come and seek sanctuary or a place of retreat to escape from others? Did you use your phone to reach out and call others or for scrolling endless social feeds and indulging in a never-ending stream of YouTube suggested videos? How did you budget your time? Was it for relationships or for self? Now that you have no alternative how much different does your life look than before? While the Israelites were enslaved in the land and affected by the culture of Egypt, God wanted to make them separate and distinguish them as His people. He removed false gods from their lives so they could know a freedom and peace that could only come from Him. God has called us to be different and stand apart in our current culture so others will look to us as the example of what He is like. He wants to remove all that stock-piled perishable distractions from our lives so that we may become relational and available and reflect His image. This quarantine will pass -- and when this “Passover” ends will you take this time to be made new as God removes the distractions in your life or will you wander in the deserts of distraction clinging to your old gods of busyness?