A New Normal

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A “New Normal,” two words I have been hearing for weeks. Just a few months ago I remember being so eager to begin my second semester of college. I was so excited to go to school, hang out with my friends, and just all around enjoy college.

Unfortunately, my second semester didn’t go as planned. The first three months were wonderful. We went on Spring Break and were not able to return. Everything went virtual due to the Coronavirus. There was so much I was looking forward to, but life has changed. I’m grateful for things like Group facetime, Zoom calls, and Google hangouts. These are a few platforms I use to talk with classmates, family members, and friends.

Though I still get to talk to them, there’s nothing like seeing them face to face. Quarantining is lonely sometimes. This “Corona” outbreak seems like a nightmare and I can’t wait to wake up.

Social distancing has been the new way of life. We stay six feet away in all settings, and wear face coverings. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going anywhere anytime soon. Hand washing is something we have to do frequently. It will be normal to go to a restaurant and see your waiter/waitress wearing face masks. Activities we used to take for granted a few months ago such as swimming, going to amusement parks, concerts will be vastly different.

What’s so countercultural about the way I am doing the New Normal?

As I face this new normal as a Christian, a Scripture that has been encouraging me through this troubling time is Isaiah 41:13 which says, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” This Scripture has been an encouragement for me throughout this horrific pandemic because it helps me remember to keep going even though my current situation may not be the best. It gives me hope and assurance that even though I may have to distance myself from people right now, the Lord is ALWAYS by my side.

I know times are hard, and they may even be that way for a little while, but God is bigger than COVID-19. So I have no reason to be afraid or feel lonely.  I make sure to pray for those who lost loved ones to this virus. I pray that God covers the essential workers and strengthens their immune systems as they go out and about. I pray for those affected physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially during these tough times. May the Lord strengthen and bless those people.

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