“COVID-19 is like the background noise in my head,” my friend said.
Like a dull, throbbing beat; punctuated with static, it is a tune I never can quite hear – it’s just there.
It’s like the sensation I identified while reading The Splendid and The Vile, a story of how Churchill and Britain survived the Blitz: DREAD!
Like mid-century Brits didn’t know when the bombs would hit what, we don’t know what’s coming: illness, death, financial ruin, or another year of this craziness!
It is what it is . . .
But, my friend also added why this pity proverb is a risky reality check, if it ignores HOPE.
Because of God’s goodness in Christ, whatever it is, I have hope that the Old is gone.
It may be that, it is what it is, today; but today sure isn’t what it was!
Try to replace guilt with gratitude (AA Slogan)
Because of God’s goodness in giving Christ, I can hope, trust and expect today to be a better day, even if a pandemic has hemmed me in with undreamed of particulars. For I will have a faithful companion in the screwiest of situations today and tomorrow.
And face it, COVID-19 has presented some screwy, scary times!
Faithful companions were never my experience when I drank; screwy scary times were!
But, Today is what it is.
It is the day which the Lord has made.
So, even if Covid-19 is like unremitting background noise, because His hand formed this day, I’ve got a new song to sing, with at least four verses:
Hope really can be what it is, even in a pandemic. Just for today.
How goes it with you, dear reader?
How are you living with any unwanted background noise?
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful