Life in the time of corona

Hello, everybody! After almost three years of hiatus, I am finally back to blogging. I don’t know if this will last for a long time or only for a little while, but what’s important is I am here now.

The reason I decided to create content again is because the world is living in a very interesting time. 2020 – the start of a new decade really took us by surprise. Many people, I think, were so pumped up about the new year because there’s just something about a new decade that really makes us feel so invincible, like, this is the perfect time to start something new or to end something old, or something like that.

But then alas, 2020 came, together with its slew of bad news. The first month of the year greeted the Philippines with a volcanic eruption. Then there was the issue between U.S. and Iran that almost led them to the brink of war. Just before January ended, we saw the loss of a basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant. And now we are in the midst of a global pandemic as the COVID-19 virus continues to plague the world.

The Philippines, like most other parts of the world, is in quarantine. We are now on Day 45. My family and I have taken shelter in our home, and I just can’t thank God enough that we have a home to shelter in at this time. The small stuff, especially those that are usually taken for granted, now seem so important. There’s just something about experiencing a pandemic that makes people realize that life is so fleeting, like a cloud of smoke hovering above a newly cooked ramyeon.

As for me, I’ve taken shelter under the wings of my Savior. Recently I was reminded of how Jesus, when he and his disciples were crossing the lake on a boat, calmed the storm that was making the disciples tremble with fear. They shouted at Jesus, asking him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Just like the disciples, I think we are asking God the same thing about this pandemic. Doesn’t God care about us? Doesn’t he care that people are dying because of this virus?

It’s a fair question to ask. And God is not fazed with our questions. I mean, how many people in the Bible have cried out to him, complained even, questioning why God has allowed hardship in their lives?

I really can’t answer why God is allowing these things. There are so many theories circulating online telling us different reasons why this pandemic is happening. But at the end of the day, I hope that we realize that that’s all they are — theories. We are not God, therefore we will never know the real reason why this is happening. His ways are higher than our ways. And I imagine that all those theories do not even represent 5% of the truth.

But you know what I know? I know that God is above this. Just like how Jesus was above the storm. This pandemic is not going to be the finality of everything in our lives. God is working for the good of those who love him. He is a promise-keeper and He is faithful. And so because of that, we can expect that we can still have an abundant life after corona.

 

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