The rancher and I drove to a town to run errands, the day our states began to reopen.

I was excited, to say the least.

All around us were the clear plastic dividers and table extensions, enabling the social distancing rule.

I am aware this is for the protection of everyone and am grateful for the security measures.

These past months have affected us all in many different layers.

I recently heard it defined like this, “We are all in the same boat but in different storms.”

For some, this is a slowing down, a pause, a reset.

For some this is a thunderstorm, they may have lost their job because of the financial upheaval.

Still, others are in a hurricane, they’ve lost loved ones, possibly their job also.

Let us love others during this storm.

As we turned for home, I thought about the physical barriers intended to block the spread of this virus.

Yet, I wondered what invisible barriers have I set into place?

Webster defines barrier; intended to block,

the structure that prevents or hinders movement or action.

As believers in Jesus Christ, what hinders our growth?

What may be blocking our movements?

Is our beliefs or perception causing barriers?

Is our past hindering today’s actions?

Are we forming barriers because of distractions, desires, and worries?

Matthew 6:19-34

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.

They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed

as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers

that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Why do you have so little faith?

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat?

What will we drink?

What will we wear?’

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers,

but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,

and he will give you everything you need.”

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

Our distractions and desires have a great deal to do with whether we will grow spiritually or not.

The cares of this life, tend to fill our soul with clutter.

When our soul is cluttered we neglect God’s freeing word.

Let us knock down any barriers and seek the Kingdom of God.

Until next time, Pam

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