For some people staying home the whole week-end may have been difficult, but for my family it really was a fabulous weekend.
You see we are all introverted extroverts or what is lesser known as an ambivert? An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introversion and extroversion, and can flip into either depending on their mood, context, and goals, whether we are outgoing introverts or potentially anti social extroverts, some one who needs to recharge before socialising, may vary between the four of us.
So let's start with Saturday, it did have a rather rocky beginning. I get coffee in bed every day of the week, and most days breakfast as well, so I normally like to reciprocate on the week-ends. Everyone was asleep, I was already chatting with two out of town friends on WhatsApp, I don't do phone calls, unless I have absolutely no choice, especially not in the morning, and because I was busy with this, and not focussing, as my husband would tell me, I overflowed my coffee pod, and then knocked my coffee all over the kitchen counter. Second last coffee pod for lockdown, well until one of us goes to the shops anyway. So,I sadly drank my last pod after mopping the other one up, of course.
I then went back to bed with my laptop, my favourite home office, and proceeded to knock my water over on the bedside table. If this wasn't enough I endeavoured to add the COVID LOGO onto my website, unsuccessfuly mind you, so I added a link, and then somehow in the process deleted, or thought I deleted my entire blog since 2017. It kind of went MIA.
So in the last 48 hours, I have learnt that no two people use the same exercise App, there are quiz games out of emoji's, people bake a lot, and we are so busy filling our days with other people that when we are alone with our families apparently all we want to do is 'Zoom'.
We are not an old fashioned family by any means, but inbetween, Gaming and Netflix series, we watched church together and then movies, played cards, and a family game of scrabble, its our thing, and I started painting my long awaited canvas.
Something I have been acutely aware of in the last two days is the quiet, I spent 10 years living in the Bushveld, and many more by the sea in Cape Town, or the lagoon in Sedgefield, so I love the quiet, I love the noises that only nature can make. I can actually here the birds, not a car, not a plane, just the birds in my garden. Its beautiful really. Everything is still at the moment. I always say that it is in the quiet still corners of our lives that we hear Gods voice.
What remains on my heart, is people living alone during this time, people need to know that their value is not in other people, it is within the person God created you to be, we need to be the very best versions of how God sees us.
The verse that came to me to share with you at this time was 1 Corinthians 10.13,' "We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature and timing of every test or trial you face, so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust Him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape, that will bring you out of it victoriously."
Wishing you a blessed and productive week-ahead. Many people are going to be out getting their social grants this week, so banks/malls are going to be busy. My opinion, is stay home if you can, unless you need provisions.
Keep safe. Keep Praying.