Month: March 2020

Doing life during Covid19 times

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Okay, the world is panicking. Things are not as they used to be. I have read so many posts about the coronavirus and all news outlets are discussing the pandemic such that it cannot be ignored. I have been practising self-isolation since my university closed last week Monday. I am working from home on some days and minimising outdoor activity. All the people in my household are taking precautionary measures and trying to do the right thing. I was not happy to have narrowly escaped the outbreak in Hong Kong, only for it to show up in South Africa as well. Such is the rate of its spread in the last few months, so rapid and mostly because some people just would not stop travelling internationally.

These are such strange times that have made me wonder about the future. I have never experienced this level of anxiety before. I am usually one to make plans for my future. Does it even make sense right now? I don’t even know what next week will be like, talk of next month. Nothing is certain and this is definitely a scary time. What are we doing? Are we living life one day at a time? Does it make any sense to plan ahead?

I have spent a lot of time sleeping, even more than usual. I am trying to catch up on the books I am supposed to read this year. According to my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020,  I am not doing so great with that. I have only completed one book so far and I really should take this self-isolation time to finish all the books I am reading. I am currently reading a couple of books at the same time which is a problem. I am trying to complete one before starting another.

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Spiritually, I have joined other Christians who are praying Psalms 91.  It is basically a prayer for protection that gives believers hope that we will be safe from the pestilence and the plague. However, this should not be done without taking practical steps to stay safe from infection, such as practising good hygiene and social distancing. We, however, have to remain vigilant in prayer and trust in God, our refuge and fortress. It is very disheartening to see some people who believe that all the deaths from this virus are glorifying God. I don’t agree!! God does not take pleasure in watching humanity suffer. He would want to see us all saved and healthy and free. It is funny how some people only want to remember God’s sovereignty when things go wrong and blame Him for “killing thousands of people”. Now he is acknowledged as being in control yet most other times, unbelievers say He does not exist. Please pick a side!

I sincerely hope we see an end to this which is not too tragic, and soon. I cannot say the same for Italy right now as the death toll continues to rise every day. I hope African countries manage to contain the virus, although there is not much hope considering our health care systems that are not up to par.

What part of the world are you in? How are you dealing with Covid19 in your country? Are you making plans? How has your life changed since the outbreak?

You take nothing with you when you die.

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I attended my aunt’s funeral last week and as I reflected on her death, I realised that there are key lessons that could be learned from her passing. I do hope that as I share the lessons that I took from losing a loved one, someone reading this may also relate. Here are the key things I have learned:

You take nothing with you when you die

We are often so consumed with amassing wealth and material possessions. Death is the perfect reminder that none of those things matter the way we think they do. When you die, you will go with the one outfit and nothing else. It made me wonder what the point is to our existence. I was sad to realise that our time on this side of heaven is nothing but a short stay in which we must make sure we live purposefully, otherwise what else is there? Does this mean we stop buying clothes and other material things because when we die we leave with nothing? In my reflection and after reading for the umpteenth time, the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, I concluded that we must be content with less. Our aim should not be in gathering material possessions but should be on building relationships and leaving a legacy worth remembering. There are more important things than having the latest clothes, bags, cars, etc.

Make your life make sense while you still have the chance

Death makes life seem meaningless. I had so many questions and I honestly wondered about my whole existence. What is the point? Are we born to suffer for a couple of decades (if we’re lucky) and then die? The moments of joy are so fleeting while the pain and suffering seem endless. As I reflected, I thought life does make sense if you live with purpose. You have to find your purpose and the joy will follow. Often, we live one day at a time, merely existing and going with the flow. When you think about dying and leaving it all, you will realise that every second of your life counts and you must make it count. What does this mean? It means that every single day must be lived as if it were the last day. It means not spending too much time wallowing in misery and negative feelings because you only have that one life to live. It means forgiving quickly because tomorrow is not promised. It means taking those chances and using up all the resources inside of us while we still can. The time is now.

All roads lead back to God

My aunt’s death also made me realise that all roads lead back to God. At least for me. The confusion, the search for meaning and purpose…it is only God who can help us make sense of it. Without faith, there would be a void and I am even worried to contemplate what my life will be like without it. The Lord is my source of comfort and my refuge when the world makes no sense.

What about you? What event made you sit back and reflect on the meaning of life?