Last night President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a stepped lifting of the hard lockdown from 1 May according to the infection rate and the readiness of health services. South Africa has 3 953 confirmed cases of Covid 19 and the death toll is at 75.
2020 will be remembered as:
- The year of the mask.
- The year we washed our hands, again and again and again………..
- The year we got to attend church in our own comfy lounge.
- The year the older generation had to learn new things like Zoom and Facebook prayer meetings.
- The year we evaluated what’s really important in life. What are essentials?
- The year the government stopped infighting and all faced the same direction. The year of unexpected leadership.
- The year when communities reached out to each other and more compassion was shown.
- The year when the background noise was more birdsong and less traffic.
- The year many people remembered how to pray and seek God.
- The year that humans realised we were not in control and, actually had never been.
- The year of courage and inspiration, of new inventions and new ways of doing life.
- The year the inequality divide shifted and some people were so overworked they barely had time to eat and some so bored and unpaid that they spent their time waiting in queues for food parcels, neatly spaced 1 to 2 metres apart.
Yes the world is upside down. But God is not. His promises do not change according to circumstances.
But we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28 NIV)
All things means all things, even a pandemic. God, who knows and understands so much more than our puny little brains can even think or contemplate, can see the good that will result from our present distress and trial. Let’s just trust Him and enjoy the every day gifts that we so often overlook, like sunshine, oxygen, colour, sight and the ability to walk.