Tag Archives: Covid 19

Making Decisions

Recently my husband and I made an uncharacteristic decision.

Since the beginning of the year, we have been planning to escape the winter cold of Gauteng and spend two months in our motorhome at the South Coast of KZN. We planned, researched, made bookings, paid deposits. We were due to leave on 4 July.

Then the uncertainty came. South Africa, and particularly Gauteng, the province where we live, is in the throes of the third Covid wave.

Then news articles started filtering in. There is a new Covid variant taking over, especially in Gauteng. On Saturday 26 June, our daughter sent us a news article about the president addressing the nation the following day.

We didn’t know what to do. We prayed for guidance. We didn’t have all the facts. We had no idea what the president would say although we suspected he might restrict travel out of Gauteng.

All the guidance we received was to seek the counsel of the saints.

Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. (Psalm 11:14) The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. (Prov 12:15)

I phoned my best friend and prayer partner. She suggested I shouldn’t think of it as panicking, but as rather having an extra week of holiday. My husband’s friend pointed out that if we left and the provincial borders were closed, we could always come back whereas if we didn’t try, we could be stuck in Gauteng. Our son-in-law helped us to look at worst case scenarios either way.

We worked frantically to squash a week’s worth of preparation into a couple of hours, packing, defrosting the freezer, washing, securing bikes, shopping.

We arrived in Harrismith in the Free State just after sunset. We couldn’t listen to the president’s address because we were having internet problems but we could see the details afterwards. Travel into and out of Gauteng is prohibited but there is no restriction on crossing other provincial borders.

We made the right decision but it could have gone either way. If the restrictions were merely a change in curfew and alcohol sales again, we would have looked and felt foolish. If all provincial borders had been closed, we would have been stuck in the Free State. If caravan parks and places of accommodation had been shut down, we would have had to turn around and come home.

We are now in Karridene, in a lovely caravan park within walking distance of the sea. We are going on to Scottburgh in just less than three weeks.

Setting up camp
A short walk to the beach

It is very difficult to make decisions when we don’t know the future. Fortunately we know the God that holds the future. He knows everything and while we can still make bad decisions even if we follow Him and trust Him, He will always be with us through all the consequences and confusion.

My Prayer

Lord, please keep me close to You and help me to recognise Your guidance when You give it. May I always commit all my ways to You. Amen.

A Time to Remember

New Year is a good time to pause and take stock, a time to remember the things of the past.

It is a time to remember that we are God’s servants. He is not ours. We are here today and gone tomorrow. “All people are like grass, and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV) We are not in control. God is. Covid 19 has taught us that.

It is a time to remember that our achievements are not our own and are no cause for pride. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 reads, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he that gives you the ability to produce wealth…

It is a time to remember what God has done and how He’s been with us even through tough times.

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all – oh, how well I remember the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is your faithfulness!“(Lamentations 3:19-23 The Message)

It is a time to remember the good, the positive, the moments of love and to give thanks to God.

However, Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (NIV)

This is followed by a list of opposites. I would like to add the following to the list:-

There is a time to remember and a time to forget.

Tomorrow I will look at a time to forget.

This post is part of JusJoJan

Virtual World

On Sunday we attended Virtual Church. Well, it wasn’t quite virtual reality – if you compare it to some games where you wear a helmet and wield a sword, but it was not real church. It was watching videos pre-recorded or selected by our leaders for us to watch at home with possibly a small group. Like video games, there are limits and restrictions. One of the restrictions is my knowledge of technology but the most notable difference is the lack of contact with other (real) people. It is difficult to carry out the injunction in Hebrews 10:25, “Do not give up meeting together…but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” But, as the world pulls together to fight this common pandemic using hygiene and social distancing, this is becoming the new reality.

Although we can’t continue meeting together (in big groups) we can certainly encourage each other. We can pray and tell people we are praying for them. We can send encouraging messages via WhatsApp rather than sensational type suspect news and messages which are more likely to engender fear than encouragement. A tip I learned yesterday; before mindlessly sending on a forwarded message, make it personal. Tell the person what the message/video/picture meant to you, why you think it will enrich them and how it made you think of them.

My encouraging message for today is Psalm 91 vs 1-3 (NIV).

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord,”He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.