With everything going on with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) some of us may have forgotten that today marks the first day of Spring! One season that many of us either love or hate. However, I have a love-hate relationship with Spring. The flowers start blooming, we get more daylight, the weather is perfect, but also pollen takes over.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, all states have some restrictions on stores and restaurants, stressing the practice of social distancing, etc. Every state is different and some places have even been put on city curfews. While all of our lives are changing, it is important to remember that this will not last and we must stay positive. Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven:” The time now is to be cautious, obey, and pray. Because many jobs have closed this is leaving a lot of us with free time. In your free time please listen to the CDC and your city and states’ requests. Use your time at home to be productive. Cook, read, blog, watch sermons, do bible plans, talk to friends and relatives, write a business plan, or clean. Whatever you do, do not lose hope, do not lose faith, do not lose joy.
A moment of transparency. Today I found myself a little down because I am off for 4 days and I can’t go anywhere because of COVID-19. I was upset and I even started to lose hope until I noticed today was spring; a new season. I read Ecclesiastes and I was instantly better. I immediately changed my perspective and started planning how I would spend each day in the house. After I made a plan, I’m actually looking forward to staying in the house. I also started limiting my time on social media as I found myself watching every press conference and reading every article about COVID-19. The more I read, the more I noticed I was getting overwhelmed. I recommend that if you find yourself in a funk during this time, please remember that this is just a season we are going through and this will not last. We are all going through this together. Figure out during this season what time is it for you. We must remember that God is in control and He has all power in His hands, all we need to do is trust Him.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.