COVID-19 and Cool Beans

By now, we’ve all experienced some part of the craziness surrounding the pandemic that has taken over most every continent, except maybe Antarctica… This craziness may be in the form of fights, brawls and stampedes through grocery stores and Sam’s Clubs to get that last precious package of Charmin or the last case of Nestle water. Other instances have been in the form of memes spread via social media. Obviously, one is funnier than the other.

I believe that there is no need to panic for many reasons. The most important is that we have a God that didn’t give us a gift of fear and any fear we do have isn’t worth entertaining. We do what we can to prepare, if we run out of something, God will provide – He always does (has, does, and will).

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬

Sometimes I wonder why they’ve chosen toilet paper as the go to item. There’s been some theories and yeah, I’m sure if it got bad enough, we might actually run out of it, I’m just not sure we should be at that panic stage just yet. Especially when we still have water usage and capability of just taking a shower when needed. Sorry if that’s my first world country privilege showing.

““Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭

I’m more concerned with food and being able to sustain proper nutrition and energy to function, but I can see where wiping one’s own behind is important and quite necessary, therefore worrisome… to some.

Today, I bought a few things – literally a few cans of Chef Boyardee, a sandwich to eat this week, some green beans and some shampoo I figured I’d need in a week or so. I’d been forgetting the shampoo when I’m at the store because I’m always prepared with that specifically for whatever reason. It’s not even a special kind! I don’t know.

The aisles were pretty packed (as was the parking lot outside) and the shelves were becoming bare. People’s patience was thin, you can see it in their eyes.

I was telling my mom that once this is all over and the social distancing has been lifted, we may not know how to act with groups and crowds over 20.

In cool beans news… but related to the virus, it’s been made mandatory that I work from home. I’ve been dreading this event for a few days and thought I’d have more time… to spend at my desk in the office before the time came. Here we are, though. I decided to go into this day with a positive attitude, with the mindset that it’s going to work out and I can still be productive.

What I am excited about is sleeping like an hour longer and having no obligation to look that presentable or worrying about my hair at 5am. I’ve also come to the conclusion that with my commute time being non existent now… only a short walk across my room from my bed to my desk… I’ll be able to spend more time reading or even doing some blogging. We’ll see what I’m able to accomplish this week, I’m not that productive outside of work, in my own opinion.

One thing I’m worried about is just being depressed by not seeing anyone. I know I’ll miss being able to walk down the hall at work and talk to someone. I won’t be getting many steps in sitting in my room either. I already haven’t been very social lately. Now Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and church services have moved online. Insert sadness…

I’m ready for this to all be over. Although the extra time indoors has given me more time to be in the Word and work on some Bible reading plans on the app. For that, I’m grateful.

I pray for health and safety during all of this and that we would all remain positive and sane with an eternal perspective.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭

“I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭56:4‬

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