All we hear about these days is the Coronavirus.
Are you sick of hearing about it? Cuz I know I am.
Everywhere I go people are talking about it. My ears are ringing with it. My head is spinning round, and round, and round with it.
The mission outreach I volunteer with is shut down for the next couple weeks. My church isn’t meeting again for awhile. My friend’s baby shower is cancelled. Another is doing her college courses from home. I’m not going to a wedding because I’ve self-quarantined myself. My library closed.
Schools are shutting down. Countries are closing their doors. Weddings, trips, sports events, concerts, festivals, conferences, you name it. Their all getting cancelled.
It feels like the world is going crazy. Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m going crazy.
Every waking hour, it pounds in my mind.
At first, I barely thought of it. It wasn’t a big deal. It was over there in China. It wasn’t effecting me.
Now it’s reality.
And sometimes, it feels like the only reality.
Have you felt that? Like it’s the only thing that’s real anymore?
Like the Coronavirus is just stealing over the world and your life and everything else has just faded into the background of hazy insignificance?
But I don’t want it to be that way.
I realize that the Coronavirus is serious. We need to talk about it, to be aware, to be ready and prepared. We need to remember that it’s here and it’s now. It’s real.
But so are the stars.
And the hug from your sister.
The little, trusting hand that grabs on to yours as you cross the street.
The sun that rose this morning in warm, golden splendor.
The gentle breeze that brushes against your face.
The bird that sings lustily outside your open window.
The card that came in the mail, just because someone was thinking of you.
The press of a friendly hand, the laughter of a child, the inexplicable peace that steals over you and settles in your heart even though everything else is spinning out of control.
It’s all real. Just as real as the Coronavirus. Just as important. Just as powerful.
I know it feels overwhelming right now. It’s scary and uncertain. But in the midst of it all, never forget that truth and beauty are just as real and just as powerful as the darkness and the fear.
Take care of yourself. Help your family. Keep tabs on what’s happening. Listen to good advice.
And in the craziness of it all, keep looking for the good things in your life. And in your world. They are there and they are very real.
We just have to have the eyes to see them.
Hang in there, my friend. ❤️