A worldwide pandemic has hit hard and we’ve been instructed to practice social-distancing or in some instances, self-quarantine. I don’t know about you but all I hear is “alone” and “isolation” in all of this and it brought to mind a time (one of the many) early in my divorce process when I felt especially alone.
It wasn’t the first time since my marriage fell apart that I’d felt alone, but for some reason on this particular day out of the blue I woke feeling not only alone, but exposed and vulnerable
As Christians, we believe that a man – first a father, then a husband – is a woman’s covering.
Covering in the Christian context is from the Hebrew word sakak, which means “to protect,” having the meaning of “to cover, defend, hedge in, join together, set, or shut up” (James Strong, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, p. 82).
While my ex-husband wasn’t a Christian and I never saw him as my spiritual covering he was my covering in every other sense, and for some reason on this particular day the lack of covering resulted in an unexpected visceral reaction I’d never experienced.
I wept at this feeling of aloneness and vulnerability in the world writing these feelings in my journal and reciting Psalms 147:3 over and over: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Later, after I’d gotten myself together and gone on about my day the song “Dwell” by Fred Hammond popped into my head. When I returned home, I listened to the song and went to Psalms 91, the Bible scripture the song is based on:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
Psalm 91:1 is the only verse actually used in the song, however, I continued reading and it was 91:4 that caught my attention:
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:4)
And right there…COVER. The word jumped out at me. Other words that stood out were SHELTER and SHIELD. Just what you need to not be exposed and vulnerable.
God used a random song that I hadn’t listened to for a while to speak comfort to my soul.
What’s This Got To Do With The Pandemic?
Psalms 91 is a scripture for protection and about how God is our covering. Since that time I regularly pray that scripture. Despite how things look, Psalms 91 reminds me that I am not alone (91:4), that I’m protected from deadly diseases (91:6), that God’s got me.
I want to add that in addition to exercising my faith and praying and believing for protection, I’m also being practical and following precautions to flatten the curve and help slow down the spread of the virus – including self-isolating as I’ve just returned home from travel. I trust you’re doing the same.
I want to end this blog post with a prayer for you, and I ask that you pray for me as well.
Thank You for being our cover, our shelter, and our refuge. I ask that You bless and encourage us all and that we use this time of social-distancing to draw closer to You and to our family and friends. I pray that we have peace and comfort and that we rest in the knowledge that no harm will overtake us, no disaster will come near our tent (Psalms 91:10) and that Your massive arms are wrapped around us, protecting us (Psalms 91:4). In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.