When they vote for the most frequently used words of 2020, surely quarantine must be a front runner. The pandemic sweeping the globe has meant that it has jumped onto our lips and out of our mouths on a regular basis. Most of us have experienced lockdown from behind closed doors, watching our television sets as the world as we know it changes, perhaps irrevocably. We have been powerless to intervene. We have been in quarantine.
There have been perks. More time with our loved ones, endless home improvement opportunities and Netflix bingeing of epic proportions. I managed to edit my second novel and secured a publishing contract. Every cloud has a silver lining. But that does not distract from the terrible q pop physical, mental and economic toll coronavirus has had our nations and communities. We live in broken lands where nothing is what it was. Will it ever be again?
The word ‘quarantine’ derives from the Italian word ‘quranato’ meaning forty. This related to when ships entering Venice were not allowed to unload their cargoes for forty days to ensure they were not bringing disease into the city. The number ‘forty’ also has significant Biblical connotations. The number of years the Israelites spent in the wilderness, the number of days Jesus was tempted by Satan and before he ascended into Heaven. Days and years of waiting, of preparation.
As we emerge into the ‘new normal‘ how has quarantine affected you? The long wait is over for many of us but what are we now going to do with our lives? Is it back to the old bad habits and decisions or are we considering a new beginning, a fresh start? How has your faith been affected? Has it vanished, been damaged, or grown and thrived? Hoping you have a good day wherever you are in this crazy, mixed-up world we now inhabit.