I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from serious cornonavirus pandemic fatigue. All the noise, misinformation, disonance and politicization of this pandemic is exhausting. To mask or not to mask seems to be the BIG question. I’m seeing an increase in posts doubting the reality of the crisis with some going as far as saying they believe it’s all a massive conspiracy to influence the outcome of the election. I’ve heard this from both sides of the politcal spectrum. Not only have I read it in my social media feed, people have actually said it to me in person, face-to-face (socially distanced, of course).
Honestly, I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t care what other people are doing about the virus because I recognize that when you get down to the brass tacks, I have zero control of what someone else thinks or does. But I don’t have to let the noise in.
Amid the craziness, I’ve had the opportunity to focus on my writing, particularly spiritual writing. This has proven to be a huge relief and great way to let go of the burdens that I feel from listening to all the noise. Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask. Whatever. I’m wearing mine as much as possible when I’m out and about. It doesn’t make ministering to people easy, but maybe it will save me from having to visit them in the hospital or attend their funeral. Which—oddly enough—aren’t really possible to do these days in many places.
That doesn’t mean I do it all right. I get it wrong. I’m reaching for the buggy when I realize my mask is in my truck. The other night, T and I went out to eat and when I pulled into the restaurant parking lot, I realized my mask was at home. That didn’t keep us from going in. It did garner me a couple of glares. Not my first rodeo.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:2-5 (NIV)
As a Christian, I’m called to be the salt and light and the hands and feet of Jesus in this crazy, uncertain world we live in. I strive to do that, by God’s grace and through the power of Christ. As a friend of mine recently shared, we are either pointing people to Christ or we are not. There is no in-between. No safe middle ground. Spend time with me, you’ll recognize that I’m not perfect at achieving this mission a number of times throughout the day. But, I don’t live in my shortcomings. I try to learn hard from them so hopefully I can do better the next time.
Yes, this pandmeic finds me exhausted at times. Thankfully, my circumstances do not determine my joy. Holy Spirit is always there, ready to give me the fuel I need to press on.
How about you? How are you handling the pandemic?
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
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