What is your new normal? – Life with COVID 19.

Matt: 24:7- for nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences…

Matt. 24:12 & 13 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

I had to change today’s header from life after COVID 19 to life with COVID 19 because it just dawned on me that COVID 19 is here to stay just like HIV or small pox or chicken pox.

In Lagos we have moved from panic, to fear, resignation and now denial. Almost everywhere I go people are saying there is no more COVID 19 in Nigeria. Its almost as ridiculous as saying the lockdown never existed and all the deaths were from natural causes.

The truth is that the vaccines are almost ready and many of us will be forced to make an imagined choice whether or not to take the vaccine. We may really have no choice in the matter.

Breaking it down further, social distancing may be around for a longer time yet, as we already have a second lockdown in various countries all over the world. My husband is of the opinion that we may be having a second lockdown in Nigeria soon. Meetings, seminars , conferences and retreats, may permanently become hybrid : part virtual and part physical.

Just as the whole world changed permanently after 911, we will also have to adjust to another new normal post-Covid pandemic.

What does this mean to you as a believer? How has your faith been affected? What will your own new normal be? In the verses I posted above, Jesus Christ warns of us of times like this. He encourages us to endure till the end.

I Pet 1:7 speaks of our faith being tested by fire to show if it is genuine or not. It’s when our faith remains strong through trying times like this that Jesus Christ is most glorified.

We need to start asking ourselves some tough questions. Has the shaking of the reality we held on to dislodged our faith?

Has the loneliness, boredom, anxiety and fear of this year turned us away from Christ or has it made us more determined to walk with Him come what may? Have we decided to throw in the towel? Or has COVID-19 caused us to decide to have a closer walk with Christ?

At the beginning of the pandemic a lot of us were reassessing our priorities and committed to greater commitment to Christ but is that now a thing of the past?

What lessons have we learnt? What adjustments must we make so that our new normal continues to bring glory to God?

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