This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. Psalm 91:2 NLT
The fear of space is a powerful way to modify behavior. I’ve witnessed the lonely cozy up next to the destructive just to fill that emptiness with anything. When your phone isn’t lighting up with alerts, that loneliness might trigger anxiety or the fear of missing out.
Space is an opportunity to be still, creative, and focused; yet the pressure to always fill that space with things can trick the mind into taking the wrong course of action. It isn’t necessary to always comment on everything you can, eat whatever is in sight, or entertain all the guests.
Preserving Time with God
You are the child of the most High and when you preserve time with Him, that becomes sacred. God has used emptiness to do works through us, as well as in the Bible. When our space is Christ centered, there’s nothing to fear. He’s everything we’ll ever need.
It may take some getting used to, but when you do, that space can be filled with new, healthy actions that are a beautiful reflection of Christ working in your life.
Does emptiness, with or without someone or something, scare you more than the emptiness between you and God?
Here’s a short list of what to do with some of the space you might find yourself recently:
- Study God’s Word
- Write – Get creative and start writing stories, praises, or perhaps even songs.
- Serve – Find someone to serve and get your mind off yourself. Help people in need, especially right now.
- Meditate – Spend quiet time with God. Meditate on scripture and just sit there relaxing in His presence.
- Clean – Take time to clean and keep things tidy. A healthy and clean home creates structure for you mentally and physically.
- Video Chat – Keep in touch with people via online video apps. Face to face contact is limited right now, so virtually seeing each other is important.
- Google Hangouts
- Marco Polo
- Facebook Messenger
- Arts – Get into your creative side. We’re a reflection of God’s image and He is the creator. Inside of us, I believe each and every person has some kind of creativity in them. So find out what that is, whether it’s arts and crafts, painting, writing, website design, app development, the list goes on. Get creative and start something that gets those juices flowing.
- Exercise – Keeping a healthy body is just as important as a healthy mind. Get out and walk a bit, do some body weight exercises in the house and keep active.
Do you have some suggestions for things people can do to help themselves stay closer to God in these times of social distancing? Let us know in the comments.