For some, lives are rushed and pressured due to work. For some, lives are rushed and pressured due to children. For some, financial pressure is all encompassing. For some, the pressures of ill-health and advanced age have changed life forever. For some the term ‘the working day’ brings shame due to enforced unemployment. For some, mental health makes the working day a distant memory. For some, young children means the working day has no end.
Circumstances of daily lives are now changing, with people now working from home, some unexpectedly unemployed and therefore now at home, some forced to be at home with very young children and suffering from the stresses of parenthood and financial pressure, and some travelling to work with the added pressure of masks and threatened illness and, of course, the ever-looming threat of redundancy.
We have all seen and heard interviews where working from home has been lauded as being a wonderful discovery. Indeed, the idea of not having to endure public transport, working in your pjs and having lunch when you want seems idyllic. However, for some ‘home’ is not the place of safety, protection and warmth that society assumes. Indeed, the pandemic has brought with it increased instances of domestic violence and mental health conditions. ‘Pressure cooker’ home environments, loneliness and fear means home has been a very difficult place to be for some, with no immediate prospect of change. As hard as it is to comprehend, for many work is a much safer environment. Suicide and murder rates have increased, the latter with very little publicity. None of us wants to hear this, but this is a fact – and the reality for many of our neighbours and work colleagues.
Isolation of many at this time is tremendous. Not being able to see friends and relatives has taken a heavy toll on our minds. The negative effects upon the eldery have been well publicised. This is not surprising. God created us to need each other. He designed us to form, maintain and enjoy good friendships. Once He created Adam, He quickly said it was not good for him to be alone and so created Eve. All the way through the Bible, He talks about needing each other and loving each other. Indeed, in Mark 12 v 31 Jesus said:
“’Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
It is for us to find ways to keep connected during these times of enforced isolation.
The needs of those at home are varied and it is impossible to meet each individual need. We can only take comfort that God sees all things and knows all things and, above all, He cares for us all deeply. What we do know is that He provides for us in different ways and it is for us to use ‘what we have in our hands’ (Exodus 4 v 20). When isolated, we can use platforms such as radio to stay in touch with the world, to listen to and participate in talks and phone-ins all of which will help us to connect with other people. During these sessions we can also receive information which may assist in our personal circumstances.
God will use any system to help us connect with each other. Keep connected with the Holy Spirit within; He will lead you in the right direction.