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.
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?