Approximately one year ago, we unfortunately added a new word to our vocabulary….Covid-19. Along with that word came other unfamiliar terms such as: quarantined, pandemic, PPE, CDC, and social distancing. While the news media attempted to keep us informed about this increasing, worldwide pandemic, an unknown fear began to settle into the hearts and spirits of many. Lives, schedules, and routines were abruptly disrupted, and we began to experience unprecedented interruptions.
Tragically, loved ones experienced unexpected deaths all the while we soon learned whether our employment was essential or not. The educational system was forced into distance learning while still attempting to feed and educate minds and monitoring the safety of students at home. It was an unprecedented situation for all. The future appeared unknown.
While I would never want to minimize the complications Covid-19 placed upon us, I can only reach deep into God’s Word and seek some sort of wisdom, insight, and comfort that only comes from His Word and the precious Holy Spirit.
2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
During my weekly phone conferences with the parents of my students, I heard time and time again, “You know, Mrs. Drake, we were just too busy. This “stop” has really forced us to reevaluate our lifestyle and prioritize our activities.” I wonder did you feel that way, too?
As I reflect upon this Covid-era, the vocabulary word that comes to my mind is “time". I had more time for God and His Word, more time for prayer, more time to watch on-line church services (we have a great conference with great churches and great pastors), and more family time. It certainly was a time for some major re-evaluating moments!