In the midst of so many changes in such a short period of time, I find myself searching for familiarity, normalness, and hope. Hope that this pandemic will be over soon, hope for no more suffering, and hope for a renewed spirit of togetherness. As I look through photo albums, I get teary-eyed as I think about how long it has been since I have spent time with the people I love. I long for their touch, their hug, and the feeling of closeness. I get all emotional and somehow feel cheated because of this time lost. I find myself feeling disappointed about the trips we had to cancel and not being able to go about my normal routine. Then .. snap.. I am in reality again. I realize that there are times, even before the Covid-19 virus, we would go weeks without seeing our children and friends. Work and other obligations keep us all busy. When my husband and I go on two week vacations, it is sometimes three weeks before we see the rest of our family or get together with friends. So I tell myself.. No pity parties allowed! There are people all over the world who are suffering and here I am upset because I can’t go get my hair done. I hear these thoughts in my head and realize how shallow that sounds. I want to be a better person through this experience , not a bitter one. I want to focus on what I have gained through and not what I am missing.
Are you able to think of something you have gained through your current situation? If not, I challenge you to sit down and clear your mind, and reflect on your life right now. Put all the worries aside, focus on your rhythmic breathing, and listen to your heart. Listen to God. Look around at your home and with a sincere heart, be thankful for the blessings in your life. The blessing of sitting in your warm house enjoying the rain, reading a favorite book, learning a new skill, quality time with your child or spouse or maybe time to reflect on life.
I don’t mean to minimize any problems you may have. I know that even though you can put on a happy face and look at your blessings, you may be facing challenging situations and changes in your life.
As Easter approaches, this is a perfect time to remember that there is one thing that never changes. God’s love for us. This time in history has proved to us that jobs, money, possessions, our health, and sadly, even loved ones can be gone before we know it. God’s love for us is secure, it never changes. He loves you even if you don’t love Him. He loved you yesterday, he loves you today and He will continue to love you tomorrow. Allow His love to calm your heart and give peace to your soul.
Hang On To The Love That Never Changes
6 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16