The Healing Nature of Routines
Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously. (Daniel 6:10)
Being stuck at home can be a huge waste of time. It is so easy to sit and watch television or stream Netflix and let one hour turn into three. Soon, a day is wasted. Time is a commodity. Even in this strange time of the virus, we are responsible for the time that God has given us.
Routines are important. Without them, we wallow around aimlessly. Continue your routines as if you are on your regular schedule. I am going to continue to wake up at 5:45 a.m., have my coffee and check email. Then I go through the morning newspaper, and then get ready to work out. This has been my daily routine for the last four years. Why would I change it now? When I’ve cheated and said, “I will work out later,” I rarely make it to the bike.
A dedicated routine needs to extend to our faith life. Now, more than ever, we are called to speak with God regularly. Each one of us will probably face horrific challenges in the weeks to come. Fear, frustration, and despair will be ever present, but they do not need to rule our lives. Through the power of God’s divine Spirit, we can face those fears, frustrations, and despair – and overcome. The routine of spiritual disciplines will make all the difference.
Today, set up your new routine. Set up specific times to exercise. A healthy body is better able to overcome the virus. Even though you have time on your hands, be careful how much alcohol you consume. Alcohol weakens the immune system. Then set up a time, or times, each day when you will read a devotion, Scripture, and offer God your prayers. On Sunday, the Sabbath, make sure you live stream the service. These routines will prepare you to face the evil of the virus and feel the joy that only God can provide.