Diary of a Prodigal Daughter: A Few Things I’ve Learned During Quarantine
by Christine Carter
Time is Subjective
How many can attest to the fact that the last 4 months have felt more like years?
So much has happened in so little time, it is hard to believe. In early March I was working full time, doing the daily grind I have been doing for decades. Keeping busy and juggling responsibilities, keeping a few balls up in the air; I was used to life moving quickly and simply keeping up. A few months could pass in a flash and I wouldn’t even think twice. Then the unthinkable happened, and not just to me, but to the world: a pandemic.
Since the start of quarantine life, time stretched out like a new world of Ground Hog Days, waking up to the same closed-in world, day after day. And even in the midst of a world health crisis, our insignificant troubles remain, though small in comparison.
So, the world has been in crisis. Wounds of every kind have been festering, and now brim to the surface. And loss is too commonplace, and numbers climb on statistical charts as we still fight to ‘flatten the curve’.
Then there is the injustice of unfair policing, and questionable at best abuse in the name of the law. We as a society must face the fact that people are dying because of this. If this doesn’t affect you personally, or you don’t experience loss or fear concerning this, maybe you should ask why. It is ok to see things differently, but empathy is needed for us to see that change is needed also.
No one knows how to live in the ‘new normal’, and people fight for their right to get back to the old normal.
One thing that many of us have learned in quarantine life is that we can continue on and find hope, and recharge our batteries and keep doing this every day, if we have each other. I have never spent so much time with my husband and son, I have to admit. And I thank God that we have each other to get through the days, although it is not always easy.
And though I can say that social media is such a poor replacement for real in person connection, at least we have these tools that we can use to support one another and build each other up during a difficult time. For those who go it alone, it certainly is not an easy road.
Many suffering from depression and anxiety, and addictions, as well as loss of loved ones are really struggling right now. Change is not easy, and when so many things in life are beyond our control, we need to be supportive and not tear each other down. Find those online groups and be honest with others about your struggles. Most people have time right now to connect with others, so let’s do that. You are not alone in this.
God is There
Through it all God is there and loves us unconditionally. No bad choices or bad days will ever change that. There is nothing you can do that can separate you from the love of God. And God is good. Lean on him. Spend time with him in his word. Pray. Meditate.
Slow down and give yourself time to rest and heal. God is there in the stillness and he hasn’t forgotten you. If you have been indulging in fruitless behavior or not practicing self-control, give yourself a break, slow down and know that God is for you. He sees you, and he loves you. Nothing will ever change that.
Use the time you have to refresh your mind, body and spirit. You are a valued child of God. You are a reflection of God, made in his image. You are beautiful. Take a deep breath and release it. Rest your mind, rest your body, and rest your soul. Connect back to the source of all things, knowing that he will restore you. He is with you.
Mark 6:31 NLT
“Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest a while.’”
About the Author
Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.
She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.
She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.
You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.