The COVID-19 pandemic is inarguably the most defining event in our lifetime, with far-reaching effects on every aspect of how we work, live, love and worship. Terms like “social distancing” and “isolation” seem to emerge from every angle, forcing us to re-evaluate our priorities and become acquainted with the meaning and value of solitude.
I would myself admit that there are a few people I wouldn’t mind exercising “social distancing protocols” from, you know, to just take a moment and reassess everything. One fact I’ve realized is that strangely, our lives have been hijacked by the “noises” of our careers, the next big business deal, the next event, party or gathering. However, silence can be a powerful force for finding purpose, peace, and healing.
When the biblical prophet, Jeremiah, went into periods of solitude during his ministry, he experienced a level of intimacy with God that eluded many of his time. He found strength amid trouble (Jeremiah 16:19) and rediscovered the efficacy of prayer (Jeremiah 37:42). Moreover, God gave guidance for his protection, as we can see in Jeremiah 38:1–13 when an Ethiopian slave saved him from death.
We live in a hyper-connected world, and only by disconnecting from the “merry-go-round” of our daily lives can we truly reconnect with our inner selves, rediscover our purpose, and rekindle our fellowship with God.
Moments of silence have always been great incubators for new ideas and breakthroughs. Create and innovate in silence.
Dr. Bill Releford is the founder of The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Follow him on Instagram @blackbarbershophealth and @drreleford