You Have Got To Be Kidding Me

The title was originally supposed to be for a totally different post, but it seemed appropriate for today.

I just saw a social media feed that mentioned that today was Friday the 13th. My first reaction was “yeah, so?” Then, as I read on about the preparations for the day my reaction was “you have got to be kidding me.” I guess my connections to the world for many years has not been in areas strong on superstitions. Maybe that’s one of the few plus sides of being almost hyper-focused on specific things while other things fade into the background.

I also, on the same social media site, saw where people were showing online sales of toilet paper for $129 or bottles of hand sanitizer for $97. Yeah, one of those “you have got to be kidding me” moments. Sadly, though, news sources are reporting the same type of thing as stores sell out of things at incredible rates. Another reaction of “you have got to be kidding me”.

Panic has hit in some areas because of the COVID-19, the declared pandemic.

Not with everyone. Many are learning all they can, taking basic, logical precautions, and just dealing with things the best way they can. Experts seem to think that in a month the worst will be over. But there are serious impacts to be expected on individuals as well as anything that has to do with the economy.

If someone would have said three months ago that this would be happening all over the world, the response very easily could have been “you have got to be kidding me”. It just proves we don’t know everything, and that we need to be prepared for everything.

Yes, I believe with all my heart that God is in control.  I can also agree He is allowing this, and I am not going to try to understand the why of it all. Call it natural order, or call it a spiritual battle, or call it a test…take your pick, but don’t turn the wondering why into something that overwhelms you.

Yes, the pandemic has been a matter of concern, since I am over sixty and susceptible to upper respiratory illnesses, even as I sit here with a box of tissues, watery eyes, and a cough. Am I afraid I have It? No. Can I self contain if it happens? Absolutely. No problem there. My life is centered around a monthly plan anyway, and there is food in the cupboards and freezer, and necessary basics for life. I know well how to survive with little, believe me.

Most importantly, I have peace. God has walked with me through a lot of things in my life, and I have no doubt He is with me if this is another journey I am to take.  I refuse to so focus on myself as to let fear rule. If I get sick, I get sick. If I don’t, praise God, on with life, even though it is bound to be very different for a while. I will continue to pray for strength, ask for wisdom for those making important decisions, and pray that I can continue to be an encouragement and offer God’s Truth.

Please know you are stronger than you think you are. Not in yourself, but in Christ, your foundation is where you find your greatest strength.  Use the wisdom He gives. Take the appropriate precautions, follow medical directions if given, and seek Him above all else.  And no, this is most definitely not one of those times where I would say “you have got to be kidding me.” I have walked with Him long enough, experienced His interaction in my life enough times, to know above all else, that God is there for me, for you.

Take care, you are loved. – Vicki




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