Spring Break 2020 should have been like any other—except it wasn’t. The coronavirus had made its way to the United States approximately six weeks prior, and little by little, things were changing all around us.
I had already decided to stick close to home, so I created a list of things I wanted to accomplish during my time off from teaching. I planned lunch dates with friends and made arrangements to work on a quilt project, declutter a couple of rooms that desperately needed it, and finish a writing deadline.
Near the end of my productive week, I received a group text from my boss asking our school district leadership team to meet in two hours. I breathed a deep sigh, because that meant the rumors about schools closing were probably correct.
When the meeting confirmed the news, a bit of distress washed over me. This decision was unprecedented. The spread of the virus and the unknowns associated with it had caused us to close school for a minimum of two weeks. Just one week earlier, our students had exited the doors to the sounds of “Have a great time away, be safe, and we’ll see you soon.” If only we’d known what would transpire in the days that followed.
Before I knew it, those two weeks turned into six and then 10, and with that, the school year was over. Just. Like. That. I kept thinking it couldn’t end like this, but it had. So much left undone. So much I needed to tell my students. It was not to be, and, frankly, there was more to worry about than just school.
We had businesses closing, families suffering from job loss and reduced incomes, and people wondering if and how they would meet their basic needs. And then there was the overarching concern for the safety and well-being of our families. I had never experienced anything like this, ever. The uncertainty and unexpected fallout from this pandemic left me grappling with thoughts of what would come next and what I could do to help.
My first thought was, “Lord, what are we going to do,” without sounding fearful or even more anxious than I already was. I needed God’s Word to remind me…
When I am afraid, I can run to Him, and He will keep me safe.
It is in times like these that reading the Bible brings comfort. His Word gives us the support we so desperately need and the encouragement to handle the unexpected, the uncertain, and the unprecedented. He promises us protection and strength so we can handle adversity when it comes.
“I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world, you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 (CEB)
Walking through this season of uncertainty has not been easy for anyone, and it’s far from over. Change is taking place in the world, and there will be more to come. Change is taking place in our lives, but living out our faith sends the powerful message of hope. Leaning on His Word soothes our souls and encourages us to seek Him in all things, especially the difficult.During times of uncertainty, we have the opportunity to turn to God in prayer, praying His Words back to Him and connecting to Him on the deepest of levels. Click To Tweet
While God never promised this life will be easy, He does guarantee us that He is always working for good, even when we cannot see or fully understand. When we choose to follow Him, He reassures us that He is in this, ahead of it, and in total control of all we walk through. For that, we can be thankful.
While I may have been caught off guard by the recent turn of events, God is never surprised. He knows what is coming and its impact on us. He knows the uncertainty we face and the unknown that can invade our lives. Thankfully, these experiences allow us to grow closer to God while waiting on what’s next. There’s nothing more valuable than that.