I hummed and hawed over if I should write about this whole global pandemic thing. Let’s face it, we are all feeling a bit perhaps “saturated” with Covid-19 talk. It’s in the news. It’s in every social media scroll. Neighbours are talking about it over fences. We’re “zooming” around the world about it desperately trying to find some sense of normalcy when, let’s face it, this is a very abnormal time. Do you really want to hear yet another opinion/perspective about it? And I then I thought to myself…this is history in the making. I am living in what will eventually be in history books. One day, a 7th grader with be studying the “2020 Covid-19 Global Pandemic” and maybe stumble upon this. So here’s my two cents and please take it all with a large grain of salt. I have no medical degree. I am not a politician. I am not a theologian. I’m not an expert of any kind nor do I profess to be. I’m just some random girl who tries to love big.
It didn’t hit home for me until Monday, March 16th. It was the first official day of spring break and I had read a particularly terrifying article online. The article was about how to prepare yourself and your family should the scenario happen that both parents become ill and cannot care for their children. I could feel the panic begin to creep in. My husband and I are both young and healthy so I never once considered the possibility of us both being so sick that we would have to leave our children. And who would take care of them? Where would they go? Fear made its way into my heart and I cried. Cried because I was scared. Cried because I was worried. And cried because I couldn’t do anything. It was out of my control.
I barely slept that night. Up every hour awoken with that familiar feeling of panic and fear. Tossing and turning while the “what-ifs” ran through my mind. I finally fell asleep and when I did wake the next morning the very first thing that popped into my mind was Psalm 118:24. “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Because you see this day, and every single day, the Lord has made. Made specifically. He made it before time was even written. Please know that I do not say this to infer that God created Covid-19. No, we are sinful people living in a sinful world. There is destruction and disease and death all around us but God is still in control. He is still on His throne. And He can still use every single circumstance, yes that includes Covid-19, to His good and His glory.