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Have I mentioned that I. Don’t. Like. Change?
Life as we know it . . .
Church activities and services
School (my kids’ spring break was extended to two weeks due to the virus)
And many other activities . . .
Have come to a jarring halt.
With the concerns about the latest virus, I’ve vacillated between fear, frustration, and resignation. I know there are fewer cases and deaths from the coronavirus than we normally see from Influenza. But, this virus has made national headlines for weeks. The numbers sound so ominous.
I’ve been fearful because of the unknowns. And the way the media has latched onto the urgency of the situation, it sounds as though it’s a matter of time before it strikes everyone. It’s tempting to give in to the worry of what could happen if . . . the virus hits our town (it has), our school, our home.
As selfish as this sounds, frustration has been a companion because so much has been canceled. I’m not disagreeing with the decisions made to cancel events. But there’s a sense of disappointment that comes when something anticipated is axed. And helping our sons come to terms with disappointment—though necessary—has still broken a piece of my heart.
Resignation has hit because I can’t do anything to alter these circumstances. I can’t change the fact that the life we’re comfortable with has been impacted by this pandemic.
In the midst of the uncertainty this crisis has stirred up, we have a choice. We can put feet to our faith and figure out how to live it out in the middle of this, or we can give in to the fear and give up on hope.
When it comes to fear, this verse is a beautiful reminder of where our thoughts should be.
“What if . . . the virus attacks someone I love?”
“What if . . . they die from it?”
What if’s are not true. When we live in a season of uncertainty, we must fix our thoughts on what is true.
What is true?
God is on the throne.
He’s not surprised this has happened at this point in history.
He is still good.
When we choose to trust Him, God gives us His peace.
Facts about the virus:
A large percentage of the people who become ill also recover. We rarely hear about them because that’s not where press stories tend to focus.
The new cases in China have decreased as they’ve learned how to deal with it.
We have many things and people that can help if we—or someone we know—happen to become ill.
There are many precautions we can take to promote good health in our homes and workplaces.
Living with a fear mentality promotes the stockpiling we’ve seen.
Living with a faith mentality helps us to navigate this scary season with peace and a sound mind.
I’m shifting my perspective. My teenage sons will be home for at least two weeks. I can make this an opportunity to spend time with them talking, hanging out, and making memories together.
As for resignation? Well, that choice is completely up to us. We can’t control the decisions to cancel events. We can view them as protective measures to stay the virus before it grows too virulent.
We can view this situation with hope, knowing the One who holds us in the palm of His hand has given us an opportunity to share His hope with others. We can encourage those who are fearful. We can find reassurance in the truth that God’s got His eye on this whole situation. And He’s working.
We may not see all He’s doing, but He is not a God of inaction. He is not a capricious God. This may be a time when people turn to Him in desperation and find what their spirits need most.
Instead of being discouraged about the current situation, we can look for God’s fingerprints in our daily lives.
Cancellations and all.
What about you? How have you dealt with the various emotions during these past number of weeks? Where are you finding hope in the middle of this unknown?