What’s making you smile today? What’s today’s simple joy? One of my simple joys is slowly sipping a cup of hot tea before the busyness of the day. One of yesterday’s joys was a long video chat with my kids and granddaughter. I am finding that during this current pandemic these little joys are vital to my well-being.
These little joys need to be appreciated and savored. Our world is pretty crazy right now and everything is different. We really don’t know when life will be back to normal. We also don’t know what normal will look like. So these little joys need to be appreciated and savored because they give me security and comfort.
I stay informed about the local and global situation. I check the news once a day. That’s all I can handle. I realize this is a life changing time we are living in. I realize the seriousness of this pandemic. I am careful; I follow the guidelines about social distancing, hand washing and staying home.
But I am realizing that when I look any further than today there is too much uncertainty. My joy gets stolen!
I can be enjoying a nice video chat with my granddaughter and her Mommy and then I think, “I wonder when I will get to hug her and play with her? Maybe it will be weeks or what if it’s months?”
Thinking about what might happen just steals today’s joy! That’s not good!
So what do we do? How do we cope? I’m sharing what works for me.
If you are feeling really anxious I encourage you to get in touch with your Doctor or a counselor. Don’t tough it out on your own, help is available with a simple phone call.
As a follower of Jesus I look for direction from the Bible. The Bible is a book that transcends time – it was written long ago and yet is so applicable to today. I think that some of the instructions from the Bible sound a lot like other things I read on dealing with anxiety.
I read this verse that seems to be written just for me. It says, ‘take captive every thought ‘, 2nd Corinthians 10:5. That’s what I do when those thoughts about the uncertain future come to mind.
I hold them in the front of my brain and ask myself a few questions.
A) Is this a ‘worst-case’ scenario thought?
B) Is there anything I can do about this situation?
C) Can I trust God to take care of this situation?
Here are my usual answers
A) Yes, this is the absolute ‘worst-case’ scenario and a real joy stealer. I know it is highly unlikely that it will happen. I do not need to waste any more brainpower on this thought.
B) No, there are many situations that I have no power over. But I don’t like the feeling of not being in control, so I control the controllables. There are things I can do to keep my family and community safe. The rest I leave to those in positions of responsibility. I pray that God gives them insight and wisdom.
C) Yes, I can trust God! I have seen God at work in my life for many years! Remember I turn 60 years old this summer. Yikes!
He is a promise keeping God! I claimed God’s power and help when my brother in law passed away unexpectedly. You can read that story here.
And then again I claimed God’s power and help when my best friend passed away after a very short illness. You can read that story here.
During this pandemic I claim His promises about always being with me and helping me when I am afraid.
Promises like this one. “ Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 I especially like that one because God is holding onto me!
Another promise from Jesus I like is “Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.” John 14:27 My heart is definitely distressed and I am lacking courage on my own. But Jesus offers me His peace! Peace that calms me.
I say those promises over and over some days. Those promises help me cope and give me hope!
So that’s another insight into how I am coping during these uncertain days.
Those little joys need to be noticed and appreciated because they give us comfort and security!
Today’s little step: Pay attention and savor those simple joys of life! Simple joys give us comfort and security.
What are your simple joys? I’d love to hear about them!
Peace be with you my friend,