To be honest, I’m in a pretty grumpy mood right now. We lost power all morning which made virtual school impossible, I had a fun but tiring weekend trip, and a monkey wrench got thrown into my trunk or treat plans. So I am grumpy. We have had a year and a half of monkey wrenches, new normals, and unprecedented times. It is easy for small things to be the tipping point where we move from being able to handle it to it’s the end of the world.
I used to encourage others to think about what they were looking forward to in the future. The pandemic really put that practice into question because the future was so uncertain for a long while. But now it feels like we can look forward to things like children trick or treating, and making tentative plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas (that may not have to be hosted outside!) The news from the FDA panel yesterday that they ruled the vaccine’s safe for children 5-11 gives me hope that it will get approved soon and give children an extra layer of protection against the coronavirus.
When trying to turn around thinking, having a few Bible verses memorized can help. I can still remember, “Cast all your cares on him, because he cares for you” from 1 Peter 5:7. Another verse I was thinking of had a whole passage that is encouraging. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7.
When things are hard, fall back on your faith. Look to scriptures, share concerns with one another, and find ways to do good for others. Continue to be kind to yourself because we have all been through a very hard year, and we are all still very weary. Take heart and remember that God is with you always.