The commute is strange these days. There is no one out. Making you feel like you shouldn’t be out either. But then, one tries to keep their job and others “happy”. You can’t both be there and not be there. Safer at home or not safer at home, essential or not essential. Who knows. So this week I’ve gone to being there 3 days out of the 5 instead of 1. Then there are those who are on the front lines or don’t have work at all so there are no wins here.
The most sobering of all is that anywhere from a 1/3 to 1/2 of us are going to get it according to the models and their best estimates – depending on how seriously these things are taken and how well we end up staying away from others. And about 20 to 30% of us will not be here on earth when this is over. So even surpassing the wondering if you have a job at the end of the week, the bigger question is will you and your loved ones and your friends or coworkers even be alive at the end of this pandemic with those statistics.
Try as one may to stay home and get out of the lime light – some of us still have to work, we all have to eat, we all have to get out sometime unless you have someone doing it for you. Even if you do the virus is so contagious that how do you know it’s not sitting on your peanut butter jar when you go to smear it on your biscuit tomorrow? Or if you wiped it off but it jumped from the jar to your clothes during the process? Or the clothes you wore to the store have it on it and you washed your hands but you touched your clothes again? I mean this gets to an element where all you are doing is worrying about germs. Meanwhile at work we pass papers back to each other, help each other figure out why equipment is not working, and while we try to stay 6 feet away, and use hand sanitizer ever few minutes – you can’t help if anything is airborne. Same thing at the store. Which is why I’ve ordered two masks which I’ll likely not ever see. I got an email that the order was received, but who knows if I will see the product. We’ll see.
So at the end of the day, it just is what it is. It’s clear as day that God has a plan. He’s allowed or even sent this as a plague. He’s done it before to try and change “a people” or punish “a people” who do not choose God first. He says he cuts short these days for the sake of the elect. It makes me wonder if some of the ones that are passing are “the elect” so that they do not have to fear this day in and day out. Tornadoes, earthquakes, sickness, famines of sort – not potatoes this time but toilet paper of all things. He’s giving people another opportunity to seek Him first.
But we are all so ready for this to be over. I think most of us want to scream, cry, throw fits – and well some have already shown that they do. I shed tears and or anger every day but it results finally in just giving it to God because I don’t have the energy to deal with it. I just don’t. I just come and go, eat and sleep, and just try to do the best I can with the needs of the day. I try to enjoy and pass on any laughter for relief. Food is truly comfort to me as it always has been. Last nights Mac and Cheese rocked! And George’s roast was awesome. I even liked the broccoli with it’s citrus flavor that he must have added in.
I guess if we make it through the crises, we’ll diet later. But the Little Debbie oatmeal cream cookies are gone, but we have a bag of Hershey’s chocolate and Reese Cups. lol
I’m sorry to be so Debbie Downer. And this was even staying away from the news yesterday. But as the Spirit told me – there is a time for happiness and joy but now is a time for mourning and sadness. We can’t help the range of emotions we go through.
And then if one of us gets sick we are alone in it if hospitalized. And the moment you leave your loved one at the door, would you ever see them again? It’s truly sad.
It all gets back to trust, trusting in God even to the point of believing that even through death “facing the shadow of death” that He is with you. Until then we just try to focus on beautiful things, uplift each other, pray, and we will get through this – either alive or dead. Nothing more point on – than that.
However, in the middle of the night for comfort when you are pondering all these things at 3 a.m. And you try to remember verses and you can’t remember the exactly, or you try to sing hymns in your mind and you can’t remember them exactly – it makes you want to look them up. Verses I once knew are a bit scattered. I can remember most of the words but can’t remember what order they are in.
I also found myself creating different words for the pandemic as I fell back asleep.
Can you name a few? It’ll make you laugh.
You can also sing the Beatles Song “I wanna hold your hand” while instead saying “I gotta wash my hands”.
So this is for all of us today:
And oh gosh I need to do sit ups. My tummy has grown! lol
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Read more at: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/lord_traditional_king_james.html
Think on These Things
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The Lord is My Shepherd..I Shall Not Want
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
So amidst all the hoopla of today’s earth. Hopefully some of these verses will help you as they have helped me. I intend to memorize them again. So that in the night, I can recite them fully. I knew enough to get the message though as “the words were written in my heart although out of order” but I’d like to be able to recite them word for word.
You all have a wonderful day and let me know how you are holding out – or leave an encouragement, or even just tell me what you are enjoying for dinner, or how you are finding encouragement through this. I live to read your comments each day and appreciate them so much. They are little packages of joy as they ding my watch when they come in!
And through all this —-I still look forward to weekends. 😉
17 responses to “A Time for Sadness and Encouragement”
Good morning, Sonya. Thank goodness for the comfort of food to get us through the worst of times! I wish you didn’t have to go into the office. These are scary times for sure.
Take care of yourself. Hopefully you will not have to spend too much time at the office. I am sure your travel time is much shorter now. There is hardly any traffic in our area at this time.
We’ve been told to stay home but yet be there to get things done lol so… I just wake up and try to figure out how to operate in this new overwhelming world we are in. I think everyone is a live wire these days! I just want to crawl in a hole!
We just received a stay home order that goes into effect at midnight on Thursday. Our company sent us a letter to give to any official that says we are an essential business an they have a website to check our employment and work schedule. The fine print in the stay home order is you allowed to go to the grocery store and some medical centers. we will see. Ken has been off now for 3 weeks and they are still paying him Hope they keep it up. We were on overdrive to pay our mortgage off but they will be shock this month as they are getting just the regular house payment. Holding on to the extra until we see how this is going.
I think today will be a better day. We had BLTs for dinner last night. Big ones. I love a good BLT. I’ve tried to just eat like I normally would but a
few goodies jumped in my grocery cart the other day. I feel better just having them in the house. 😋
I believe God is in charge of this killer virus. I don’t know why, in my head I have a reason, but I hope we live to see the outcome. I get a bit stir crazy now and then. I have read book after book which is something I hadn’t done in years. I enjoyed reading the Lord ‘s Prayer. Thank you 🤗
I loved how these things just jumped in your cart! They do that to me too!
It turned cooler last night at my house. I had to snuggle down under my comforter with a fur throw on top of that. I am sorry you are having to go into work. My sil has to work away from home today and I am worried for him as well. My hubby and I are taking turns cooking. Last night he fixed sliders, tater tots and I tossed a big salad. Talking of comfort foods I have a bag of Lindt chocolate truffles hidden. I treat myself to one each day. I made brownies last night. I just had to have one with Breyers vanilla ice cream. I realized with this happening how much I take for granted. I will never do that again. I am learning to enjoy the simple things in life more.
I was watching my neighbor who is a preacher online. One thing he said stands out. In times like these, we must have faith and remember God’s promises.
Thank you for the bible verses I shall re-read them when I am feeling anxious.
Sorry you’re having to go in to work with all this mess going around. I have been in now a month are more with what I was diagnose with Acute Bronchitis just over a week ago. They did test me for the coronavirus but thank heavens it was negative. Still home bound maybe feeling some better.
Wow I bet that was scary. I’m glad you are ok. Yes I hate to get out. But it is what it is. My spouse is not to happy with the situation. It also puts him at risk also. He is completely working at home. His company has been so forthcoming about employee protection- they acted fast and have sent the nicest memos and following up on their well being- so impressive. You all be safe and hope you feel better soon.
Just got notice our family Easter is cancelled as I knew it would be but this was official notification it’s all just 😭 sadl
I’m sorry Ma. What a grand celebration it will be when we all get to the other side of this.
I have had days like you are having. Yesterday was very emotional for me. It went from a ticked off talk with hubby to a little rant to a yell back to a sob. I just miss life as we all knew it. I miss my grandkids because their mother won’t abide by what we are suppose to do, so we can’t see them for fear of virus.
Us in Mass are under lock down and have been a very long time. I think this is our 3rd week! Schools were out until April 7th and now upped to May 4th and lastly they will not be going back to finish.
Its a sad , sad world we live in today. I am trying to find the happy. I feel bad for all the people who are on the front lines and the essential workers, like yourself. My heart is heavy at times. I do try to laugh and there are so many MEMES on FB that my head spins! lol
And then we have the people who are wearing gloves and masks and taking them off and not being able to find a garbage can (insert sarcasm here) to throw them away. I don’t understand why people can not do what is right while the world is in a crisis. It baffles my mind.
Ok, I’ve ranted enough! lol
Rose in Berkshire county, Ma
You can vent here all you want. It does a body good. I just want to be hugged and told it’ll all be ok. I am not ok right now. But it could be worse. It would be great if folks really cared about each other these days. But we are such a greedy society. God is teaching some lessons I’m afraid.
We’re doing ok here in Australia despite the “man in charge” not being the brightest of bulbs. I’m blogging a couple of times a week over at mine just to document the goings on as it does still seem somewhat unreal. 😉
I’ll need to go read your blog!