Everywhere I turn concerns are being raised around personal health, not overloading our healthcare system, and protecting the vulnerable. These are important concerns for us to pay attention to as we face this virus. The concerns lead to stress and anxiety as we change our patterns and interactions with others. Looking for the positives of COVID-19 will help us combat the fear and anxiety.
I have had the this aloe plant (pictured) for over 10 years. I have never seen it flower. I didn’t know aloe plants did flower. Imagine my surprise to see this spike coming out of it one morning. It was a welcome surprise in the midst current challenges. It serves as a reminder that God loves to surprise; God loves to show us the unexpected. So, I’ve decided to look for the unexpected to look for the positives of COVID-19.
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:6-9 MSG)
Here is the start of my positives of COVID-19 list.
- Slowing down. It still feels strange to not be out and about but slowing down is good for my soul.
- More focus on family.
- Intentionality with time and community. Intentionally reaching out to connect with others in ways I hadn’t before is maintaining connection even with distance.
- Our community coming together to make sure there are meals for those who need it, making sure those who are isolated get phone calls etc.
- A reduced worry for high risk family members.
This is the start of my list. I plan to continue building it, stating the positives and even writing them down. What positives are your finding? Add to my list and breathe life and bring hope to others.