Our world as we knew it is changing everyday. How? None of us know what the world will look like post Covid-19. We have no idea what our future will look like, but as a Christian, I know Who holds my future. In that I can take rest and have peace.
One of the many things that I am thankful for, as this is where I feel my focus needs to be….. Is how I am NOT in control. I have enough food and toilet paper as of now, but those that hoarded these things….Are they now more secure because they have a garage or a camper full of these things? Do they feel in control of the situation? I am always for planning, just not into panicking. As I write today 4/6/2020 we can’t find wheat flour. My husband wants to make bread, and as I am Gluten Free, I only have about 3 lbs of wheat flour on hand. We can’t find any in the stores and can’t even order it from the big stores. How did America run out of wheat?
For those of us that have chronic illnesses, we are more vulnerable than most. We need to do our part and stay away from others and take the best care of ourselves that we can, but I also think this is the time that we can help others. We are experts in how to prevent illnesses because we need to do this for ourselves constantly. If you can sew, make facemasks for yourself, your family, friends. Maybe your local hospital and nursing homes are looking for them. While we are stuck inside, maybe we can take some of that time and look outwards towards others. Call your church and see if there is anything you could do from home to help out. Our church asked for volunteers and then we called everybody in the church to see if there were any needs. One friend called me and asked if we could just pray. That is what we did!! If you look for ways to help, you will find them. It is so easy to become self-focused and just think of your own needs. Maybe the lost art of letter writing might be revived!!
Getting outside at least once a day should be a goal of everybody’s – even for us who have chronic pain and illness. Here in WI the sun is just starting to have warmth – it feels so good – even if I do have all my skin covered except for a small portion of my face. I get so much benefit of having sunshine – it lifts my spirit, I get exercise being outside, I get Vitamin D, and I can see other humans in passing and talk to them from a distance!!!
There are other things to be thankful for during this pandemic time…..As always, there are a lot of good people out there helping their family, friends and neighbors. We have great minds coming up with possible solutions to this virus, we have time to think, read, clean out and organize – things we seem to put off for a future date…… We have more time to spend with immediate family and can stay in contact with other family members that don’t live with us. We can get those projects done that we have been putting off. I am so thankful for so many workers who continue to go to work to provide us with our needs. The grocery industry, pharmacy industry, manufacturing industry, our health care workers, our truckers, plane and train workers who are getting essential food and materials to us. I am thankful for the delivery people including USPS, UPS, Fed Ex and others. I am thankful for the garbage workers – what a worsening health problem we would have if garbage wasn’t being picked up. I am thankful for our military, who keep us safe from other countries who may want to take advantage of us when we are down. Thankful to our police and firemen, our city and state workers who make sure we can be safe while at home. There are so many others I am thankful for………
I am thankful to my birds and squirrels outside my window entertaining me. The virus doesn’t seem to be affecting them and just finding the next meal is all they worry about. I am thankful that I have my next meal in my refrigerator!!
I have hope that as a nation we will come through this as a stronger, compassionate, resilient people. I pray for revival in people’s hearts - to turn to God, realizing that they are not in charge of our lives, but God is. They might want to blame God for all of this, without acknowledging that He is God. He can do what He wants to. We can’t. But I think it is more than just God wanting to allow this little bug that likes to procreate to rule over the entire earth. I think there is a greater plan, that we don’t know or understand, but that God has it all under control and that there is a purpose. In Isaiah 55:8 + 9 it states “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”, declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I am most thankful for a God who is in control and I can trust Him for whatever happens in my future……