by Chris Lawson
Redeeming Isolation was first posted on EverydayExiles.com on April 1, 2020.
The world is noisy.
Your house is noisy.
My head is noisy.
EVERYTHING IS NOISY!
I need a break.
Although, I will say, this has given me the opportunity to rewatch every Superman movie.
This pleased me – I love Superman!
We will have an opportunity to explore how Superman is a Christ-figure in the future.
In the meantime, I have become fascinated by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
New to you?
The Fortress of Solitude is an ice cave in the arctic that protects the last remnants of Superman’s home planet, Krypton. It allows Superman to maintain Krypton’s culture, such as its dress and technology. In addition to holding all his toys and trophies, Superman has the Fortress of Solitude as a place of refuge for the pace of New York City where he finds space to reconnect with what is most important to him.
Usually, home is the place where I recharge. Find balance. Make sure my priorities are in balance. It is my Fortress of Solitude.
But these days home is school, gym, restaurant, day care, office…the list goes on and on.
For this reason, it may be more important than ever that times of solitude be found. Jesus certainly understood the need.
Jesus Focused in Isolation
After looking through the Scriptures, I found at least six times that Jesus chose to be alone rather than with people.
Clarity Comes When Alone
Jesus found clarity for the mission when alone. In these days of social isolation, it seems even more important that we find space to get our minds clear of the constant noise, news, and nonsense.
Go for a walk.
Take a bath.
Sit outside with a Bible.
Lock yourself in the bathroom.
Find space to redeem this season of isolation by completing projects that have been shelved for a long time, change your eating habits, read daily, whatever you can do to redeem this season – but, most importantly, reconnect with your Creator – who will get the last word on this virus.
Chris Lawson (@thepastorchris) is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of EverydayExiles.com, husband to Merri, father to Adam, Ellie, and Zachary, and executive pastor at Reynolda Church, a growing 2,000-member multi-site church in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bluefield College, master’s degrees in theology and history from Wake Forest University, and a doctorate degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.