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Life In The Time Of Coronavirus Lockdown Diary Day 18: Adaptable

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bamboo trees

Life in the Time of Coronavirus


Lockdown Diary Day 18: Adaptable

Notice the glorious bamboo tree. It is tall and sturdy but when the wind blows strongly, it bends. It's resilient even during a raging storm. Because it is adaptable.

giant bamboo trees near Dumaguete falls
It goes all the way down to the bottom and all the way up that the camera can't capture the actual size
📸: Instagram husband

We need to learn this important life lesson from a bamboo tree.

Now more than ever, we need to be adaptable. Because all of us are going through a crisis. The whole damn world. No one's exempted.

This pandemic is perhaps the biggest change and challenge the modern world has experienced so far. And I couldn't agree more.

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Aside from this global crisis, we each are going through major life-altering events.

We need to adjust. If we keep resisting change, we will break.

Personal change

I've seen this change in my career recently.

I know it will be tough in the coming days and if I keep thinking about the what ifs, I will be having fresh breakouts and be losing sleep again.

Anxiety ain't pretty.

So, instead I decided to declare this:

My God is bigger than this crisis. My God is more powerful than this pandemic. He will never let my cup run dry.

Here are other encouragement I keep in my heart to help me get through this like a warrior I was born to be:

  1. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. -Psalm 23:5
  2. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. -2 Corinthians 9:8
  3. The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. -Deuteronomy 28:12
  4. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19
  5. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD! - Job 1:21
  6. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  7. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
  8. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken! - Isaiah 54:17
  9. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Hebrews 13:8
  10. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. -James 1:17
  11. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. -John 10:10
And when it gets overwhelming I have to remind myself of this verse:

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. 
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows
But take heart, because I have overcome the world. 
-John 16:33

Realizations

I don't think I'll be standing here today if not for God's grace.

He is my hope and my strength. There are many times in my life when He delivered me and fulfilled His promises.

He never fails and He won't stop now. (I got that from this song. 😛)

I've realized that if we want to thrive in our lives during this coronavirus pandemic, we need to adapt.

In the end, the strongest among us is not the one who looks and acts tough. It is the one who learns to bend.

Be strong. Be adaptable.

Your turn

  • What quotes or verses do you read when things get tough?
  • How do you adapt to change?

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