As John and I settle in for the next four or so weeks, I am so grateful that I am not doing this alone. And yet I know there are so many of my friends who are in a different position to me in that they are alone. Having been in that position myself up until 12 years ago, I know just how difficult it is handling this sort of situation.
That is why it is so important that we don’t just focus on ourselves but rather cast our eyes outwards to those people who will be lonely and struggling to handle this lock down all by themselves.
So let me encourage you to regularly pick up your phone and speak with others, and let them know you are praying for them, and that they are not alone.
If you are part of one of Cambridge Baptists Home Group you will undoubtedly be part of a phone tree or have a buddy-this is a good way to stay in touch with one another. However, not everyone is part of a Home Group so please don’t forget them.
The other evening at home group the words of Psalm 23 came to mind. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet water.”
Although we all desire freedom and the ability to do what we want we are like sheep and our wise Shepherd may, when it suits him, make us lie down. God has his purposes in this period: let’s resolve to make the most of them.