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I think there is meaning in the still time in our lives. We tend to undervalue them and wish for the time to hurry along, but really I find that they can be times where I can really hear God and even receive whatever it is I may need, be it direction, comfort, rest, inspiration, you name it. If you don’t end this time with any revelations, don’t despair. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy and I think you’re already benefiting in that you saw one man’s struggle with sickness from your own unique perspective that you might not have been able to see without this time in your own life.
I’ve been going through a somewhat similar un-planned, un-desired period of isolation, Doug, and as a fellow extreme extrovert, it’s been a very difficult time for me, as well. It really is interesting what we can learn (about ourselves mostly) during these times of aloneness. Maybe we can videochat sometime here and commiserate (and keep each other company) 😉