Coping with Covid
Updated: May 12, 2020
At the end of 2019, I said that I was excited for 2020. I'm so excited to see what it brings.
I know there are a lot of folks out there who said the same thing. "Bring it on 2020!"
We're all taking that back.
January lasted 85 days. February was weird with the leap day in it. Then March had people standing their brooms up, a full moon, spring break, and a Friday the 13th. The same week. And I think it broke the universe.
There have been some funny "meme's" come out of this though:
But in all reality, the question begs to be asked: How are you coping?
We have all undergone some extreme changes in our lives (mostly) in just 2 or 3 weeks.
I struggle with what day it is. Everything seems off kilter. Like someone moved your living room furniture 1 inch to the left and you keep hitting your toe on the edge.
Anxiety is the number one emotion we feel right now- as a whole populous.
And honestly, we have a right to, within reason. The panic that is following the anxiety isn't healthy. The overwhelming anxiety isn't healthy. It's a natural response to be worried about the "what if" of this novel virus.
What we can't do, what we shouldn't do, what we have to be mindful of... is letting it consume us.
Anxiety and stress are proved to lower our immunity. Our bodies simply do not function their best when we are overwhelming our brains with negative thoughts. We feel more pain when we are anxious. We eat excessively or not enough. We tend to pour the negative emotions on those not equipped for it, like our children or elderly friends and family. These feelings are hard and they are scary. But they do not have to demand our entire being.
Matthew 6:25 tells us "...do not worry about your life..." Verse 27 says "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Verse 33-33 tells us "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Following up on that is Philippians 4: 6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, who transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
What does that say?! We are told repeatedly in the Bible to not be afraid. "Do not fear" is written 365 times. We are reminded continuously that God is with us. For us. In us. We were not given spirits of fear but of strength. We are given His spirit.
That doesn't mean we can't worry, it's an emotion He gave us. We feel things as humans and that's normal and natural. I would expect us all to have felt the uneasiness of our situations.
Our truth though, is that we can find our peace in Christ.
It sounds so cliche. So cheesy. Like a cop-out that I don't worry.
I do. A lot. Hank is a huge risk for severe complications. Most illnesses for Hank last forever and leave him worse for wear. I'm terrified of this thing. I know for sure though, that if Covid takes Hank, he will get to enjoy heaven. I know he'll run and play and sing. He'll have a voice and wings. My angel here will be made perfect.
In that, I find rest. I know that none of us live a life without a plan from God. So we keep moving forward. We make do with the information we have and we hope for an outcome that is positive but we don't lose who we are in the middle of it.
Practice peace and positivity today. Sing some hymns and remind your soul of who is Lord. Read Matthew or Philippians. Talk to your pastor, my pastor, any pastor. Face the sunshine and feel the warmth of the day and His promise to always take care of us.
We'll make it through this. We're in this together.