I hesitated as to whether to write, yet another, piece about the coronavirus. Why? Because I am really fed up of hearing about it!
Every news report, TV program mentions it. My professional and personal life has been incredibly disrupted by it. I have to think twice before I leave the house and, at times, I have felt like a prisoner with no end to this in sight!
Let me put the hysterical me to one side a moment.
We have all been affected by coronavirus and, I hope, that we as a nation learn something from it. I hope we learn to value and respect those who work in retail, the NHS, Care Workers and others who have really helped to keep us all going at this time. I hope we learn to value and respect some of the simple things in life that we have taken for granted – up until now. I hope we learn to value and respect this earth on which we live and I hope, really hope that humanity, as a whole, draws closer.
This will, in time, pass. What we do not know is when. I read a lovely quote from Jack Kornfield that said;
“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
I suppose, for me, this has been the biggest challenge and the biggest area of learning I have had to do in the face of the Coronavirus. Making peace with my situation.
Blocked goals, delayed plans, inconvenience and just the “not knowing” have been stresses and areas of anxiety for me. But, as I place each of these into God’s hands, I find I am making peace with Coronavirus because, God is at work in this too.
So what is next?
Well, there lies the issue that many of us are now beginning to turn our thoughts to. Can I book a holiday? Will I have a job to return to? Will I have to support my children / grandchildren in a post Corona world? There are a myriad number of worries and concerns all screaming for my attention. As I my thoughts started to turn around in my mind, I read some words of Jesus
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matthew 6 vs. 34)
I had always imagined these words as a command. If you worry, you break the command and, therefore, worry is a sin.
Worry is a normal part of being human. I think Jesus here is giving us some advice. What I see this as coming down to is live the fullest possible life today. When tomorrow comes, live the fullest possible life then.
I have come to believe that this is more than “making the best of a bad job”. I believe it is about looking for God in the here and now. Experiencing his loving guidance in our lives. Observing the blessings that he is giving us today. Cherishing the moments we have and resting in his presence.
I think, if we take Jesus advice, I think we can make peace with coronavirus