If you have been living under a rock during this year, then it should come as no surprise to you as to the very next thought that I have, which is simply this: we are living in an unusual and uncertain time in the earth. We are all witnesses to a pandemic unlike anything we have ever seen. While it is true that some who are reading this may have gone through what may seem to have been an intensely personal war, however, it is my humble opinion that this is arguably one of the greatest trials that one has ever had to endure because of the level of unpredictability that COVID-19 has presented. No one could have speculated that the world would be where it is today: mask-wearing is now the normal behavior, a great percentage of the workforce is now working from home, and it seems like personal and communal hygiene is now at the top of the priority list for everyone.
Personally, for me, 2020 has been a very interesting year outside of the pandemic. Having officially crossed over to the “other side of life” (41 years of age), almost everything has taken on a new perspective. Revelation and enlightenment happen almost on a daily basis, and patience is now a luxury that most issues and some people do not have from me. Most of all, however, is the growth in the areas of my life that I thought were stunted. In a time where death has seemingly been the theme of almost every day, the appreciation of life and the little things that are constant throughout the day have now become more apparent and more appreciated. We have heard the expression that you never know when it is your time to go, and this pandemic has indeed given great evidence to that saying. Though I have not been directly affected by it, COVID has pulled on my heart as a few of my family members both immediate and extended have exited this life.
Though this has indeed been a tough patch of life, I am still reminded of the declaration Jesus made in the latter part of John 10:10 where He says that “I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. Even in this difficult time, Jesus is still performing miracles, signs, and wonders. Some may have lost income, houses, jobs and the like, but the word of God declares that we walk by faith and not by sight. In other words, it is not what we see that we have lost, but that of what we believe we have. The things that we have lost may cause us to stumble, but it is our ever-growing faith in God that causes us to catch our balance and continue to walk. It is this simple thought that allows us to continue to push in the midst of this pandemic and to believe that what currently is won’t always be. We are called believers because we believe, and so let us take root in our belief that the God who has allowed this situation is also the God who will guide us through this situation. It was King Solomon who told us back in Proverbs to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and to not lean on our own understanding. Leaning on our finite intelligence is bound to cause us to fall at some point, so it isn’t always recommended. Solomon finishes that verse by saying in all of our ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths. Our direction lies in the will of God, hence why we should acknowledge Him in all our ways. If our ways are not aligned with the will of God, then we have taken the gift of direction and turned it into manipulation because it now becomes what we want and not what we have been instructed to do so that we can have what He wants us to have. This has been the longest yet the most important lesson that I had to learn, and it yet evolves every single day. Simply put, not my will but thy will O Lord, be done. The will of God called for this pandemic, and so I will push through it so that I may accomplish my part in the will of God. Let us all have this desire.
Lavelle Eagle is the assistant editor of BROTHA MAGAZINE.
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