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.
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.