What Navigating a Pandemic Has Taught Us
I wish this pandemic came with a preparation manual ahead of time. I wish we had 20/20 vision to know what was ahead. Many of us heard whispers of this virus, yet I doubt we knew it would be the fight we still had to endure.
1. How to Fix Our Eyes on Christ
This pandemic has been difficult to navigate. As we watch numbers fluctuate, mandates change, and political divide take place throughout our country, it can be easy to become discouraged; yet I believe God is moving. Even though we may not see it in the numbers right now, I believe He is doing something in the midst of this storm.
I have made a decision to stay informed with the news, but also to keep my eyes on the One who is in control of it all. He knows the beginning, the end (Revelations 21:6), and all the details in between.
2. How to Love in a Crisis
This time is showing us the importance of loving our neighbors as we do ourselves (Matthew 22:39). We all have a part to play in this fight and we not only have to look after ourselves but also our neighbors to get through this together.
3. How to Care for Our Minds and Spirits
This year has also been a reminder of the importance of mental and spiritual health. Navigating social distancing measures and so much uncertainty is tough, yet we have to fight harder to be mentally and spiritually strong. We have to monitor how much news is healthy and keep our eyes on the things above (Colossians 3:2). By keeping our eyes on Jesus, we can be confident that He is our source and shield and He will get us through this season.
4. How to Build an Enduring Faith
We have to stay rooted in the word of God and allow this time to build our faith.
In times where we are unsure of how and when God is going to move, we have to stand on the hope that He will move and turn it all around. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). As we watch or read the news in this season, we can’t allow the numbers to cause us to lose hope in the future. Instead, let’s stand on faith and wait expectantly for God to turn it around.
5. How 2020 Has Highlighted Racial Injustices
In the midst of this pandemic, a racial movement has swept through our country. Awareness of racism and injustices have been elevated.
Racism is a heart issue, and in order to address the heart, we have to willingly invite God in to do the work. If you have been experiencing this, ask God to search your heart, and reveal anything that is not like Him (Psalm 139:23-24).
I love seeing hearts being softened to hear from black communities about systemic racism and the injustices of this world. People are listening, lamenting, and seeing things differently. This year has purpose yet.
In the midst of all the noise of COVID-19, friends are willingly having tough conversations to learn from one another. People are acknowledging and taking ownership of the problem and advocating for change. Books of racism are selling quickly as more and more people are committed to understanding what they have been blind to see.
God is moving.
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