Pleasant Surprises In the Midst of Trouble

Friday, March 20, 2020

Hello everyone. It's been an interesting time. I obviously don't have to inform anyone about the impact of the Corona Virus on communities around the world, so I won't. I just wanted to share my thoughts and my surprise to the responses of so many people during this time. 

Initially I could feel the fear, worry and uncertainty everywhere I went so tangibly. It was like I could even feel it through my screen via social media. It was such a shock how quickly everything changed and it felt like the world just stopped for a moment. Then panic set in as most people swarmed the stores to ensure that they would have enough food and supplies. Some people even allowed the panic and uncertainty of the moment fuel them to selfishly hoard as much as was permitted. But the negative responses aren't the motivation of my post today.

in midst of trouble

Pleasant Surprises in the Midst of Trouble

Not long after seeing the evidence of initial fear driven responses, I noticed many people began raising up to encourage or think of others. I'm sure many have heard about the altruistic efforts of some to meet the needs of those in need or at risk of being affected by the virus. People are coming together and uniting in prayer and speaking encouragement. People are taking a step back to evaluate their priorities and reflect on their many blessings and this honestly warms my heart.

As a Christian, it has really challenged me to look inwardly. I was posed with questions about how I will respond as well. Will I face the uncertainties and actually decide to believe that God will protect and provide for me and my son? Will I exercise my faith by living in the moment with gratitude for all of the blessings I have? Will I allow this to overwhelm me with anxiety to the point where I shut down? Or, will I wake up grateful for a new day, making the most of what I have and maintaining a peaceful home and a well-structured day for my son? 

What will be your response?

During my personal time of reflection, I came to a realization. Hope was stirring up in me and my faith was being renewed. I don't know who will read this or what state of mind you possess at the moment. I don't know how you are feeling, but I want you to reflect on what you believe life is really about and what you can do to make the most out of your present day. If all you had was today, what choices would you be making? Has there been any nagging feelings in your spirit about something you intend to do but haven't done yet out of fear, pride, etc.? 

As for me, I know that I plan to allow myself to reflect on what I'm thankful for at this moment because that was not a priority a couple of weeks ago. I also plan to focus on spending time with my son, getting organized, and maintaining and continuing to strive toward my personal goals. I hope your day is filled with love. God bless you.

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