Coronavirus has literally been taking over the world and if you haven’t heard what’s going on, I might suggest going to CNN or the New York Times or any other news site and you’ll definitely be able to find out what’s happening.
Every one’s situation is different in this pandemic, so the ways that I’m coping with this will be different than yours, but I felt a need to update.
In regards to this situation, I am a university student who also works part-time in retail. As of March 18th, I have no more face-to-face instruction for the rest of the semester and I will not be working for at least two weeks.
This causes me anger because I did not sign up and pay for half of a semester of online classes. I have already had stress and anger around my genetics class, however, now I have to deal with it with all of my classes. As someone who has been learning for 18 years, I know that I am terrible at effectively learning from the computer. So, I want my money’s worth of my education. Sadly, due to the situation, I cannot get my money’s worth, therefore I need to change my perspective and do something to excel in these classes.
THE thing that is helping the most through these times is being with God. Every morning, every evening, and throughout the day, I have been spending time with the Lord. This takes my mind off of the temporary (coronavirus) and shifts my heart to the eternal. Prayer is so important to me, especially right now, so I encourage that every single person prays and reads the Bible. Make a relationship with God, and I guarantee that it will help tremendously.
Some scripture that is floating around in my mind at the moment are about laying these worries, fears, angers, and stresses before the Lord so that He can allow my heart to rest because of how much He loves us. Below are some excerpts of scripture that has been helping me.
Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in the heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
John 1:5 says “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Romans 12:9-13 says “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to prayer.”
Philippians 4:4-7 says “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 know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I pray that you are all healthy and happy.
See you next week!
Lots of love,