Roller Coaster Day BUT I Did Not Get On

Yesterday was quite the day. It was a day that shows life can be like a roller coaster at times. That might be our new normal for a while as we experience life with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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My day started off by stopping at the school where my morning Family Literacy Class is held. I needed to pick up the sign in sheets from the first week of the month, so I can do my monthly paperwork. It seems like a lifetime ago that I last saw my students. The only people there were the principal and a few office staff. It was like an empty abandoned ghost town. So the day started off on a somber note in the building that is usually full of life.

I checked my email and saw that a staff meeting was called at the place where I teach my citizenship class. The meeting began at 2pm. The meeting was scheduled suddenly. I went to the meeting and was SO IMPRESSED by the staff as we discussed ways to continue to serve people under the new guidelines. The good news is that my citizenship class will continue online when it starts again in April.

I came home feeling energized and encouraged. Reality hit me in the face with the news that my city has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. So it’s here now.

SO the roller coaster begins in my city of seeing the ups and downs of dealing with the virus, but I did not get on the ride. Yes there were ups and downs yesterday when it comes to circumstances in my life. But emotionally and mentally I did not get on the ride.

31 years of following Jesus and experiencing NUMEROUS ups and downs have resulted in no matter what happens, I know God has got my back, our backs. I have been through the valley of sickness with Jesus by my side. I have been through hardships many times and seen God work.

The surest way to avoid the emotional and mental roller coaster ride for me is to focus on Jesus as Hebrews 12 says:

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Focusing on Jesus will help to not lose heart and give in to despair at this time and anytime.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

18 thoughts on “Roller Coaster Day BUT I Did Not Get On

  1. We officially have nine cases in my borough (local government area). Sorry to hear it’s arrived in your city too. I’m glad you can teach online though 🙂

  2. Good morning, friend. I just finished writing my blog and now see that your blog has a similar title! Great minds think alike? Maybe everyone is feeling similarly these days?
    I’m thankful for you and your blog, and I’m thankful we serve the same God who blesses us continually.
    Thanks for writing and blessing all of us.

  3. What a wonderful verse for times such as these. A huge, unfathomable blessing to have security in Christ no matter what happens. Our pregnant daughter had a doctor appointment yesterday and had to answer questions from her car, then after parking had to report to a tent where people with masks asked her more questions, scanned her temperature, wrote it on a sticker and then forwarded her on to the office building which was deserted. She was the only one in the waiting room, and they are reducing the frequency of her visits. Strange times. A time to shine with the hope we have in Christ! God bless!

  4. Yes, I’m definitely understanding the importance of fixing my eyes on Jesus! As soon as you take your eyes off of Him sinking is inevitable. Also focusing on the positives helps so much too. As soon as I hear too many negatives it drains the life out of me.

    1. Focusing on Jesus helps so much.

      If you want a thought to help you be grateful, think about how you can be grateful your husband and I are not cooking in your kitchen 🙂

      1. Lol… it’s funny at first, but then reality would set in. I know what Andrew is like when we are out. He wants to get back home fast.

  5. Staying focused on Jesus is exactly what we must do. His love will keep us anchored. Sorry to hear about the virus in your area, but thankful you can teach the class online in April. 🤗

      1. We’re doing good. My daughter is on lockdown in Spain and out of work for a couple of weeks but she’s good too. How are you?

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