How to be Thankful for the 3 P’s of COVID

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Faithful men exist, I just didn’t have one. I remember thinking, if God knows everything, He knows what’s going on, and yet, it’s still going on. Why was I experiencing so much pain? What does God have in mind? My ears perked up when I heard the same questions being asked about the world-wide pandemic.

Before Covid-19, we relished our freedom of interpersonal, physical relationships. But now because of imposed restraints on routine, typical activities, some of us have been experiencing feelings of isolation. In whatever way we are affected, God knew we would be operating this way. So, what’s He up to?

COVID is leaving a trail of disaster and death. In spite of the chaos going on in 2020, God still has a plan, though the experience may be painful. Even though we may be emotionally drained, God has made provisions for us during this time.

God protects us. At home, we lower the risk of contracting corona virus infection. Isn’t it marvelous that we can engage in meetings via ZOOM, text, face time? We have at our disposal a variety of virtual communication modes though we may be physically separated.

God provides for us. In addition to helping us stay in touch with friends and family, virtual communications can save money. We are learning that we can save on traveling back and forth to work or school, on clothes, and even on office space.

God reorders our priorities in order to bless us. Some stress factors could be eliminated by balancing employment and life obligations. Without virtual communications, how would parents fare with school closure and limited childcare options? Virtual learning can afford flexibility in time management. virtual communication has expanded our reach to other people. The church has a wider reach with its online services.

No matter if it’s COVID or a broken relationship, God has a plan and a purpose. Some life situations end as we had hoped, while others result in disaster. My relationship ended, and while the experience was painful, my faith and trust in God grew. As we journey through this pandemic, we need to remember that God knew all about our needs before this came to pass. While we may never know all of God’s reasoning behind how 2020 has unfolded, we know God knows how to protect us and provide for us as He reorders our priorities in order to bless us.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way (James 1:2-4).

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