Is getting dressed an essential part of my essential shelter-in-place order? I mean, pajamas and bed head DO count as work wear these days, don’t they? I’ve seen the memes going around that talk about not knowing what day of the week it is, and I had to laugh because that’s legitimately how I feel! I usually base my knowledge of what happened during a week by, ‘it happened on Monday because it was right before Bible Study’ or ‘I saw them on Thursday because that’s my grocery shopping day.’ It never dawned on me when we started quarantine life two weeks ago that I’d actually have to look at a calendar to know what day it is.
And don’t even get me started on the made up words! I read the other day that someone was “quaranteleworkingish” and today I told Peyton her “quarantEaster Basket” was probably going to be small this year!
These days, life can seem so scary and uncertain. We’re left with questions like When are we going back to work?, When will the front lines/essential workers get some relief?, or How am I going to pay my rent this month?. The hard part for everyone is there are no clear answers right now, and in a society where we want the solution as soon as possible, the lack of one is unnerving. Trust me, I’m right there with you.
While I believe we should all be paying attention to what’s going on during this crisis, I would encourage you to seek out the sweet stories of hope and the stories that make you laugh, as well. Making sure you spend some time not only looking at the crisis information but also the encouragement will lift you up in these times.
Just yesterday, I saw video of two nurses cheering a patient from the hospital room window as he was finally extubated, on the road to recovery from COVID-19. A principal went through the drive-through of her student’s place of employment to share the wonderful news that she was this year’s valedictorian! I’m watching video after video of parents learning dances with their children to put on TikTok…you won’t see ME doing it, but I think Peyton might have her dad convinced to try it!
These videos and stories make me smile and make me laugh. They bring my heart a little bit of comfort in a time where I’m worried about my friends and family. I implore you to seek these out. Bring your heart some encouragement and a little cheer. Know that we are all in this together and that God has not left us. He is right here and with us as we walk through this together.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.