Covid 19 Update: Are We There Yet?
I don’t know about you, but Covid 19 is now a dirty word in my vocabulary. When social distancing first began, over a month ago, I had no idea of what was ahead. Now, my greatest challenges lie in my personal life, not in my ministry. Don’t get me wrong, I know God is in control. I trust Him. He will see me/us through it. But, my life is different now.
To know what I am feeling, you need to know a little about my personality. I am a people person. I thrive on social interactions. These exchanges feed my spirit, soul and body. This time separated from family and friends is difficult.
I am grateful for my wife. Her constant love and affirmation carry me through this ordeal. And, I truly appreciate the technology that allows me to see my children and my grandchild. Technology has allowed me to stay connected in ministry and to my own church. But, it is not the same. I miss the hugs from my girls. I miss the playful interactions with my granddaughter. I miss the hugs, handshakes and lighthearted punches of friends at work and church. This is hard.
It grieves me to think of the thousands of people who are dying or have died from this virus; unable to have family surround them during their final moments on earth. It pains me to hear of people worried about losing their jobs and how to provide for their family. We have awakened to a new world. What will happen next? How long will this last?
The more important question should be, God, what do I need to learn from this experience? God takes us through the valley and prepares us for the climb up the next hill or mountain. He is molding and making us into the very image of God, through Jesus Christ. I will be stronger, more empathetic, wiser, and more sensitive in my walk with the Lord.
So, what have I learned so far? I have learned that I love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and body. I have learned how much I appreciate my church–not the building, the people. I love and value my family and my friends. I have learned that my calling has not changed. If anything, my calling is stronger and my passion for ministry has grown. It’s not about me. It’s about HIM.
So, what have you learned? Will your life be “different” when this is all over? I certainly hope so. I would hate to think that God allowed us to go through this and not learn something more about His character, His love, His grace and His plan.
God, send a great revival in the church. God, send a spiritual awakening to our communities, our state, our country and our world. AMEN.