Waiting… on Covid (and other things) to Pass

My husband is a great gardener. It’s one of only two hobbies he has, and I am the beneficiary of his care and skills. Our patio and front porch are filled with over fifty thriving potted plants. They are especially beautiful this year because we have had mild weather, and because Miracle Grow is Randy’s best friend.

He carefully tended our hanging baskets of bougainvillea, checking daily for the first bloom to appear. Finally after months, there was one red bract on one of three plants, but over the next few weeks, all three bougainvilleas rewarded his faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 He had faith that with the right care and conditions bracts and blooms would be forthcoming.

In our “fast food, microwave, and Instapot” society, we’ve managed to eliminate almost all waiting. Maybe that’s why Covid hit us all so deeply. We had fooled ourselves. We never knew the future, but we had convinced ourselves that we did. We were never in control, but believed we were.

Whether we wait for a Covid test or other medical test results, wait to recover from illness, wait and long to see friends and family face to face without masks, wait for a successful treatment, or wait for a vaccine, He is still in control. This pandemic did not take Him by surprise, for dark times are never dark to Him. Psalm 139:12 “even the darkness is not dark to thee, the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with thee.”

We can depend on Him to guide us through this unprecedented time when we ask. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

What does He want us to learn during this time of waiting (other than Who is really in charge)? How can we touch lives when we aren’t allowed to physically touch anyone? Donate to food banks? Send cards and letters? Make phone calls? Pray for the sick, for medical personnel, pray for students, teachers, and school administrators? Pray for local and national leaders? Be extra generous with tips when others serve us?

Leave a comment and share what you are doing to touch an un-touch-able world while you wait for Covid to pass. Your comments encourage others.

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