Today is supposed to be the last day of the Enhanced Community Quarantine here in the Philippines however, due to the reports and current situations, the government decided to extend until May 15. While some places were imposed with a General Community Quarantine (a lighter lockdown), the government is adding serious security protocols and measures. I am not here to comment about the government’s decisions but whatever happens, if it’s for the good of the Filipino people, we have to abide. Besides, we, Filipinos, are best in adapting under crucial circumstances.
We are currently facing uncertain times and we are still finding difficulties adjusting to the ‘new normal‘. A lot of the businesses will be impaired if not, severed. We also see social distancing as a new normal for everyone thus, affecting other social activities as well. I hope and pray that we could be able to work through this together as a nation and see the good things that may come despite these circumstances.
Our fight with COVID-19 is not yet done and I know we are all facing difficulties in our different ways. I have read somewhere on the internet that ‘we are currently not on the same ship but we are under the same storm.’ It caught my attention on how accurate this statement. What are we holding in our hearts while watching and listening to the news? Who are we holding on to during these trying times?
Honestly, we can never know what the future will bring. We will never know what tomorrow has in stored for us, neither what will happen later. It is best to seize our time, moment by moment, and realize that all of our interests may be non-essential. Funny how we run for the things we think that matters and now, all we think of is when is this crisis will ever end. For the past few B1GFridays, I learned about Our Promise-Keeper. I was reminded that we need to trust our Master Planner, God the Father, and that we are to hold on to the Hope that is instilled to us by Jesus Christ. Moreso, to rejoice during these trials and rest while waiting. Just because we are in quarantine, doesn’t mean we have to forget our disciplines. Our God is the same God of Abraham and Moses. He is the God of yesterday, today, and forever.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith, we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.Hebrews 11:1-3 NLT
I know it’s difficult to have faith in things we do not see and on intangible things but we are called to put our faith just like our great examples from the Bible. If they had placed their Faith in God, why can’t we? We are living in the ‘now’ and we still have time ahead of us. Never lose that faith in His Promises.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT
Do not be afraid to trust an unknown future to a KNOWN God.