In the coming years I think we’ll look back and refer to this season we’ve been living in as the “Covid” time. As we are already gaining some social aspects of our life back, I hear phrases similar to “what have you been doing during Covid?”. Obviously, this moment in history will be remembered, but I like to think of it in a more personal way. This is where I got the question, “What has Covid done to you?”. We have now reached a point of living with the effects of Covid for over 6 months. A lot can happen in 6 months of our life! Babies were born, couples were married, students graduated, family members have passed, and as the world has been living through a pandemic, life has changed drastically for us all.
Do you know what Covid has done to me? Covid gave me gray hair. I now have a spot of GRAY HAIR in my beard. Ladies and gentleman, I am approaching the ripe old age of 26 just this week… and I have gray hair…
Yes, I’m being dramatic. Yes, I freaked out thinking it might spread to my whole head. Yes, I know that this can be “normal”. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it!
Seriously though, this question that dawned on me while going through my early-life crisis is one that I think we all need to sit in: What has Covid done to you?
If you look back at who you were beginning the year 2020 and who you are now, what has changed? Are you bitter, angry, without hope? Are you hopeful, resilient, joy filled? Or do you find yourself a little bit of both? I ask this question because I think it is vital to us as followers of Jesus to remember where we’ve come from. Throughout the Bible, God often reminds his people, Israel, of where they have come from and where He is leading them. He reminds them of the mistakes they made, the battles they won, those who were faithful and those who fell away. Why does God do this?
George Santayana is quoted saying “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”. We’ve all heard this and it’s such a doomy and gloomy quote. It kind of evokes fear and worry in my opinion! But we can find another quote speaking the same truth in a different light.
James 1:2-4 “2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
So, what has Covid done to you? Are you fearful of the future, are you filled with anger because of what it has done to the world, OR are you joyful of the faith that this season can produce? When I look back years from now, I want to be able to say that Covid produced perseverance and joy for the sake of Jesus.