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Life In The Time Of Coronavirus Lockdown Diary Day 10: Holy Thursday

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Life In The Time Of Coronavirus


Lockdown Diary Day 10: Holy Thursday

I've said it before and I'm going to say it again: thank God for technology. Today I get to watch The Feast's Holy Thursday retreat.

Reflection

God's rejection is God's redirection.

How many times have you experienced rejection? I think it's one of the most painful feelings in the world regardless of who or what caused it.

It feels like somebody grabbed your heart from the inside your chest, crushed it mercilessly and threw it away.

You feel helpless. Worthless. It's like all your dreams ended in just one snap.

What to do now? What happens next?

This is one of my favorite verses:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper 
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
-Jeremiah 29:11

I like to go back to this verse especially when (1) my plans didn't work out or (2) when I face uncertainties.

Like this life in the time of coronavirus.

When is this going to end?
What do we do now?
What happens after the lockdown has been lifted?
What if clients would stop paying because of this crisis?

Too many questions. Even the experts can only give us an estimate.

It feels like all the plans we have for 2020 and the years to follow have been put on hold.

Is God rejecting my dreams? Are my plans not going to come to pass?

Hundreds of questions sure kept me awake during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak.

I believe right now we are all being redirected to something better.

Tenor

Better for nature

Hey, nature is thriving.

People are enjoying cleaner air.
Even water in famous Venice canal is now clearer.
Animals freely strolling without the danger of humans and cars. Ducks in the streets. Cows at the beach. Deers and goats going around the cities.

I don't know about you but I find it lovely seeing that we share this planet with these beautiful creatures.

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(A little scary too though because they also spotted a cheetah in India. Predators roaming around your neighborhood is not a good thing.)

But live animal markets or meat markets are closing.

What environmentalists and animal rights activists have been trying to do for decades, Mother Nature only did for months.

Of course it's not over yet. The use of animals as commodity for food, accessories and lab testing is not going to end altogether soon. But it's a good start.

People are realizing that growing your food in the garden is more practical especially during a pandemic.

We are learning that plants are safer and better alternatives because you'll never find a broccoli with a flu. A carrot does not carry a virus.

We're seeing how the earth thrives if we respect other creatures and care for nature.

Be still

We are so busy with our modern fast-paced life that sometimes it feels as though life is just passing us by. 

This lockdown has forced us to stay still. If you're used to juggling many tasks and a busy lifestyle, you may feel restless at first. 

Just be in the moment. Enjoy this break while it lasts.

Indeed there is a blessing behind this challenge. 

I declare with faith that there is something good that will happen to you and me.

Your turn

  • What are you thankful for during this lockdown?
  • Share you experience of rejection and how it redirected you to something better.

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