President Cyril Ramaphosa’s words “Life will never be the same again” is proving to be quite true.
Although the signs were there, being in lockdown you don’t realize that winter is creeping up on you. Waking up this morning, the world outside was white with frost. Although it was expected, its extreme arrival still caught me off guard.
Just like that, the Covid19 threat has hit us, we knew it was there, but life still went on as per usual. Then the lockdown started, and life will never be the same again. Our human way of touching and hugging is no longer allowed, we are now dependent on electronic gadgets to keep in contact with our loved ones and friends.
How sad is it that you cannot even visit a loved one in the hospital to be beside them when they are busy dying? This reminds me of Jesus walking amongst the people who had one of the most feared diseases of all times, leprosy, still touching them and healing them. Having compassion and empathy with the hurt and destitute. Can you even imagine how those people must have felt, being outcasts, normal people with families not being able to see, touch or love them? Missing their families, needing their loving touch and embrace?
The new phrase “social distancing” previously unknown to us, is being forced on us, having to wear masks and staying at home is compulsory. I am not saying it is wrong, the virus is real and does kill, but I miss life like it was, as I am sure you all do!
This made me think how much we took for granted. Besides all this, what I have learned from these trying times is the fact that there are still good in us. If I think of all the different feeding schemes in operation, of the blanket drives across our country, people sharing the little they have, it inspires me.
How are you doing in these difficult times? A lot of people I talk to are angry, bitter and revengeful. The well-known serenity prayer used by so many is: God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Although the Serenity Prayer is not found in the Bible, it was accepted to be used for programs such as Alcoholic Anonymous and other 12 step programs, to encourage those that are struggling. Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever- help in trouble.
The question today is what is your choice? Do you choose to have inner peace, knowing that God is in control? Do you want to make and break, venting anger and hatred?
Proverbs 20 v 3 Amplified: “It is an honour for a man to keep away from strife [by handling situations with thoughtful foresight], But any fool will [start a] quarrel [without regard for the consequences.”
We are living in extreme times, please keep your focus on Christ. Don’t let the enemy shift your thoughts and focus on the wrongs that you cannot change. Choose life, choose goodness, and be prepared to show true love to those that need it.
Make that call, give encouragement and be there for others. When you take the focus off your own needs, shortcomings and what you cannot have, or have lost, seeing the hurt and devastation around you, you realize that you are still blessed. Even in difficult circumstances of job losses, businesses closing down and unemployment on the rise, we can and must choose to love instead of hate.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Please be safe and stay healthy, and remember that you are worthy and precious, don’t waste time on something you cannot change or have no control over. Choose peace and make all the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 yours: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”