Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lessons and Blessings in Chaos

   Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are presented with time we never had before. When my principal brought the staff together for a 5 minute meeting on a Friday, I was so relieved.  I thought finally I have a break from it all. I know this sounds selfish but it was how I felt in the moment. It was like, ok there's a little epidemic out there. I thought it would be over in a few weeks and life will go back to normal. Well a whole month went by and still this silent killer is claiming so many lives.  I don't think I have even stopped to process what is really happening.
     I know that there are so many lessons around me now that I have had the chance to slow down.   I'm now able to focus on things that I didn't have time or energy to give.  My family, ministry, relationships, and blogging, have all been on the back burner or slowly fading away until now. My life has been turned upside down but for the better; I think. My priorities have changed and they really needed a change because, I have forgotten how to live in the moment. Things were robotic in a sense, prior to COVID. My daily schedule went a little like this:

  • wake-up
  • get dressed
  • get children ready
  • drop children to school
  • drive 30 minutes to work
  • Work from 7:40 to 3:30
  • Pickup children
  • homework
  • dinner
  • watch some TV
  • Go to bed
     What's really crazy is that this cycle continued day in,  day out, week after week, month after month, and year after year. Then a pandemic comes in and knocks this rigorous routine down like a bowling ball to some pins.  This has all made me come to one conclusion; "What really matters?"
What really matters is this, love, peace of mind, mended relationships, flexibility, new ideas, creativity, a positive outlook, and my all-saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes a relationship with the father because, I have to draw strength from somewhere. God is my source and my help through his loving son Jesus Christ. I love leading my PRAY Group and drawing strength from others because, we're stronger together in a time when we cannot meet.  In summary, I don't want to get caught up in this season that I miss the lessons and blessings.

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