When the pandemic first hit Canada, I am not going to lie, it seemed so surreal. It was like there were two worlds, the online world telling us about the pandemic and a world with no one around in view. I remember reading articles online wondering if life would ever get back to normal. I remember feeling regrets not visiting friends or family as much as I should have. This COVID-19 pandemic has opened my eyes to the blessings in this life that I take for granted every day. Being able to go to functions, parties, family gatherings, etc. It is one of the hardest things wondering when will life change back so you see those you love. You tend to wonder what will our society as a whole be allowed to do and what won’t we be allowed to do? I remember as a kid growing up in the ’90s, having a childhood where I enjoyed being a kid. Now, I wonder if I should even have children due to what they may face in the future? When this first happened, I remembered almost being paralyzed with fear. It got to a point where I had extreme anxiety about the whole situation and the future of our world. However, I realized God is in control and I need to put all my worries and fears in his hands. Somehow he uses the hard times for good and grows us. How do I know this? I have seen this in my life time and time again, after making countless mistakes. Looking back, he used all my failures, setbacks, and trials to grow me stronger and wiser. My point is through this fear, I know that I can’t control everything that is going on in the world, but I know in my heart that he will give me the strength to endure through all past and present trials that may or may not come.
July 26, 2020
Medicine Hat, AB