I would have to say COVID 19 has probably brought about connection and reassurance as well as an urgency in my life.
I say connection because for my family and I, COVID 19 has served as a positive reinforcement to establish a more genuine, authentic family bond.
I am sad that COVID 19 has caused so many deaths, bred fear, conjured up uncertainty, stress and many other negative emotions. This is life as we know it living among the dying. Everything here is so temporal. What we thought would never happen in our lifetime has happened. Event after event we are either left with questions or answers. This is why I say for me COVID 19 has brought reassurance.
COVID 19 has been a paradigm shift for me. My way of living and thinking is forever changed. For 4 months, we’ve been home together with very little outside influences or distraction, forced to reconnect with one another, learn how to communicate better, give each other space, slow down our pace, take time as we do devotions to let it soak in, and be a stronger family than ever before.
Life before COVID felt hectic. There never seemed to be time to relax. To meditate. To soak things in like God’s Word, nature, and the simple moments which really are the best of moments.
We still work and do school. It is not perfect, but it is fairly productive and good. We’ve been cleaners for 20 years and I will seriously state that it’s nice to see people actually use the soap, paper towels, and sanitizers. We stock those supplies much more frequently than prior to COVID. Though we use masks and gloves in each place, we are beyond blessed to have been able to keep on working through this pandemic. We are deemed essential oddly enough.
My study time has been much more real. I have quiet time that is actually (usually) quiet – and I can devote real time to it. Most days I have so much more time to think, to listen, to process, and to discover. I am discovering the good gifts that God has given me and my family. More than anything, I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness at every turn. He overwhelms me with His goodness.
Fear is a faithless coward and has no place in our lives as believers. Fear and worry have no seat at our table though they are at the door constantly seeking entry. We are here because God wants us here, right now, for His purpose in this pandemic.
COVID 19 wants you to isolate, stock up, and take care of your own first. Let us instead look to Him first, while we also take care of others.
I believe also there is an urgency to seek out the lost. God makes it very clear in His Word that this world as we know it will fade away. Wars, disease, and apocalyptic events will unfold. Whether it’s in our lifetime or time to come, COVID may just be the catalyst that gets our mindsets in order.
What if He would have come back mid-March? Would you have been ready? How about those you love around you? Would they have been ready? This is where urgency resonates for me. I want to be sure my answer to all those questions is, “Yes, I am and they are ready, for His return.”
Daily, this song resonates nonstop in my head, “Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. It chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the 99. I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6