I have been trying to reflect on lessons God has been teaching me throughout the pandemic of 2020. Here’s what I have so far:
1) All plans are tentative
2) Slow down
3) Touch with words
4) Choose to focus on what you still have
5) Life is very fragile
6) The church is both gathered and scattered
When this pandemic started, no one knew how long it would last. Even now, there is no guarantee as to exactly when we will get past this thing. I think sometimes God graciously doesn’t reveal certain things that we have to face during our lifetimes. If He were to tell us everything that was going to happen to us all at once, we probably wouldn’t be able to handle it all.
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow, because each day has enough trouble of its own. There is nothing wrong with thinking about the future so long as we don’t let it open the door to anxious worry. I once read about a missionary woman who said, “The thought of the next ten years scares me, but the thought of the next twenty-four hours doesn’t.” There is something very wise about focusing on life one day at a time, it is a small enough increment we can emotionally handle.
When I ran cross-country races in high school, there were two things that motivated me to keep going. One was focusing on the final destination—the end of the race (I will talk more about that in next week’s blog). Another key was to intentionally focus on putting one foot in front of the other—to simply focus on taking the next step.
It causes more stress to constantly wonder when the pandemic will finally be over rather than focusing on just getting through the day. My wife has a small sign in our house that says, “Just do today.” That is one thing this pandemic has taught me, there is wisdom in doing life in small incremental steps. I may not feel like I can make through another year like last year, but with God’s help I can make it through the next 24-hours.
Reflections: Are you focusing too much on the future and how long things will last? What reminders can you put in your life to encourage you to take things one day at a time?
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.