A confirmed flu case closed the assisted living facility where my eighty-nine-year-old aunt resides. Quarantine. No visitors allowed. Residents required to stay in their rooms with meals delivered throughout the day.
As isolation closed in, my aunt reached out. She called relatives to hear another voice. I answered when her name popped up on my cell phone. We chatted. Small talk about the flu, baseball’s spring training, and the struggle to eat chicken in her room with plastic utensils.
While my aunt shared the negatives of quarantine, I considered the perks. Sleep, read, or watch TV all day. No people, no interruptions except for meal deliveries. Just quiet, alone time. Quarantine. Like life on a deserted island. It sounded appealing.
But my Creator designed me to do life with others. He desires for me to grow and growth happens when I am stretched.Growth begets growth. When I walk through dark valleys with others, serve outside my comfort zone, or lay aside my agenda for another, I am stretched.
When I view people as interruptions, God whispers, Blessings. For when I fall, someone will pick me up.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 (NIV)
The quarantine lifted and my aunt experienced life among people once again. She navigated her walker to the in-house beauty salon to get her hair styled and nails painted. In the dining room, she enjoyed conversation with her table-mates.Two are better than one. And ate her meals with silverware.
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. ~ Helen Keller