Quarantine Times Post 1

Handling COVID-19 with Hope

Hello, wonderful people!

My family and I have officially been under quarantine for 33 days now. My life, I’m sure like many of y’all’s, has changed drastically. School is 100% online for me through the rest of the year, and I am now out of work. Time is back in my court.

It’s driving me only every so slightly insane, not going to lie. I am not an extrovert, but I do miss going to dinner with my mentor, coffee with close friends, and just the option to be able to leave my home. Mostly, I miss gathering with my church community.

This time is teaching me a lot, and I wanted to share my passage of hope with you. It is Psalm 77. This is the Psalm that describes the way my head and heart feel during COVID-19 times. I am confused, bummed because this is not the start I imagined to my senior year, and it really threw a wrench in my college prep plans.

Maybe some of you can relate to a few of the emotions I am feeling. I mean to top it off my birthday — and some of my dearest friends– was during this whole thing, and birthdays are one of my favorite things. I love to celebrate with lots of people, and this year I couldn’t. Have you seen your plans thrown askew? Are you starting or finishing a new year of school, and it is bumming you out? Are you mad at God?

These are valid feelings. I understand where you are. This all sucks.

It is what it is though, and I want to be able to come out a better, stronger person after this. When I look back at this time of life in one year or 10 years, I want to be able to see that I grew closer to God and became more disciplined.

I have been praying Psalm 77 often as a reminder that even when this doesn’t make sense (because right now it really doesn’t), God has a plan at the end of this.

Bold and italics are mine. 

V1-2a “I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble -of quarantine- I seek the Lord;”

V8 “Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?” Why God is this happening? Don’t you love me?

V11a “I will remember the deeds of the Lord…” Take time and remember what bad things he has brought you through. You bring me through hard times to grow me, and You still love me. 

V13 “Your way, O God, your way is holy.” This is in his plan. Who am I to get in the way of his plan?

V19 “Your way was through the sea, your path is through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.” I may not know why we are going through this now, but you have a plan. I trust you. 

Read through this Psalm, and I challenge you to meditate on it.

Amigos, I look forward to the time I can hug my friends and take communion once more with my church. Right now is not the time, but before we know it, it will be. I pray that you take hold of this opportunity to take quiet time with God and understand who he is.

-Ashlyn

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