Lately it seems that all we see and hear about on the news is Coronavirus 19. News casts are dedicating nearly every minute to the pandemic. They report on the rising number of confirmed cases and unfortunately deaths from this invisible enemy. Recently we have learned to “social distance” ourselves and that hand sanitizer is a hot commodity. That we need hoards of toilet paper, cleaning products and non-perishables to survive. Even if this means that others will go without.
It’s easy to get discouraged and feel afraid when the world that we know has turned upside town. We can’t go about our lives as freely as before and must learn a new way of living. It’s no longer about what’s best for the individual but what’s best for us all. Especially our most vulnerable populations.
Trials can be difficult and we would prefer not to have them. But trials are necessary to help us to grow. They bring our focus back to what’s important. We learn to endure when we experience trials which make us stronger and better ready for others that will surely come. They build our spiritual muscles.
Here are some ways to remain steady in our Hope and Faith in God right now:
- Make prayer a priority each day. Choose a dedicated time if you can and let God know how grateful you are for his love and mercy. Give thanks for all that’s been given by him. Pray for our leaders in government and church and for the world. Pray for your loved ones and friends.
- Listen to worship and praise music. Sing along and/or dance if you would like.
- Pray with other believers. In person may not be possible now but you can arrange a conference call, a video chat or set a specific time when you can agree to pray at the same time. Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.
- Don’t let your mind focus on the negative. What we put our energy into will grow.
- Look for ways to help others. Grocery shop for someone who can’t go out or donate to a charity that helps the less fortunate. Many will become food and housing insecure as jobs are lost due to pandemic management.
Additionally make sure that you include activities that promote health and wellness.
- Take a walk outside, practice yoga or dance by yourself or with family and friends.
- Don’t zone out on the sofa watching television. Pick-up a book, play a board game or complete a puzzle.
- Eat three balanced meals a day with a healthy snack. Don’t overindulge on junk food.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Keep a regular routine. Get up and go to bed around the same time. Avoid watching television or trolling social media right before bed. Don’t let the last thing you see or read about be negative. This can cause restlessness.
- Practice meditation. There are plenty of Apps for phones and videos on the internet where sessions can be accessed. Many are free or low cost.
- Make sure you smile and engage in laughter. There’s an old saying that goes: “Laughter is the best medicine”.
- Keep a positive attitude.
God is here with us and on his throne. He’s in control. Let’s remember this so our fears don’t overtake us.