If we thought 2021 would be a quieter, calmer, more “normal” year – it is not proving that theory so far. So, how are you doing? No. How are you really doing?
Me? I like to think that I’m ok. But… if I’m being honest – I’m not sure. Many days I feel as if I am barely holding it together.
As Covid-19 numbers skyrocketed in my state, so did my stress level. I am still mostly isolated. I limit trips out to a bare minimum. And when I do venture out, I don’t really enjoy it because I’m stressed out by all the people not wearing masks. And usually, I just want to get my errand done and get home.
I worry about my family all the time. My immediate family members are all employed by essential businesses and one or two of them are subjected to the general public daily. Both of my parents are in their 70’s and have their own health issues to deal with which would complicate things if they contracted coronavirus.
Schools continue to be remote learning. While I’m comfortable helping facilitate the grand kid’s virtual learning, I do worry about the long term effects all of this will have on his education. On the bright side, I have learned a few new things myself while listening in on his lessons! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
I’m worried about our country. After the violent attack of domestic terrorism that took place 2 weeks ago in the Capitol, things just seem scarier than ever. I wonder if things will ever calm down. If we can ever begin to heal and become the United States.
When life gets stressful, I find it helpful to look to Scripture for strength, peace, and encouragement. I don’t have all the answers. And I don’t have to have it all together. I just have to remember that God is still in control. Nothing surprises Him. And He promises to work all things for good. Yes… ALL things. Even the chaotic and stressful things we see going on around us now.
I can find my peace in those promises. If you need a little encouragement today – here are a few of my favorite verses:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11