Finding Hope During a Pandemic
We are all feeling some strain at this point of an ongoing pandemic that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight. I know I certainly am having COVID-19 and mask fatigue. I miss seeing people’s faces. I miss seeing people’s smiles. I understand the importance of wearing masks and I am doing my part, but I can’t wait to see people’s smiles again.
It’s easy to lose hope during this time. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one during this challenging time or have encountered economic devastation because of a job loss. I can only imagine how you feel.
Be Patient in Tribulation
It’s hard to understand how God is working during this pandemic. I know at some point good will come out of this, we just don’t know what.
As I was looking for scripture that would give me hope, I came across Romans 12:12
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
We are going through a time of tribulation like no other. Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise like never before, we are entering into tighter lockdowns once again and our healthcare system and economy are be taxed to their maximum.
There Will Be Better and Brighter Days Ahead
My way of staying positive during a pandemic is to remain hopeful that there will be much better and brighter days ahead. I believe that no matter what is happening here on earth God is in control. He is shaping our heart and character during these times of tribulation.
Are we going to get bitter or better? I am working on my own personal healing during this time so I can be a part of the world’s healing.
As I am going out less and spending more time alone at home it has given me a chance to reflect on my own life and connect with God more. Being constant in prayer is not something I have been particularly good at. I have been faithful in my quiet time early in the morning, but then I just go about my day. God is asking me to be constant in prayer. I pray for the healing of our nation and the world.
Shaping our Character
This is a time of perseverance. We are all feeling fatigue. We don’t see any end in sight. I don’t know how this is going to turn out, but God does. I am choosing to have hope during this pandemic because of my personal relationship with Jesus.
I am choosing to have hope because I know God is using this time to shape my character and do some much needed soul work in me and in the world.
I am choosing to have hope because Romans 8:28 tells us,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So hang in there. There are better days ahead. Use this time to practice patience and continual prayer.
Let’s choose to remain hopeful, because of the promises of Christ.
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