Thoughts on a Pandemic
So, you are sitting at home today? I assume because of the “pandemic” many people are now working from home. Some folks, unfortunately, have been laid off from their jobs because their place of business (mainly retail and restaurants) are temporarily closing.
Wow! Who expected this? I sure didn’t. Yet, when I was working, our senior management team 10 years ago, did disaster planning. We planned what we would do if our building burned down, what we would do in a pandemic, what we would do if an active shooter arrived at our place of business. We discussed how we could still do business during these times. We had to get very specific in these plans so that we would have a written disaster plan in place. Being retired since early 2013, I am curious how their written plan is working. I am sure some things worked well, and some things needed tweaking, because we never fully know what to expect in a scenario we have never encountered. These weeks are huge learning curves for businesses.
There are all kinds of cute memes on social media about sheltering in, washing hands, and any other thing to make us try to smile. I saw a meme that said we should recite the Lord’s Prayer while washing our hands, and it would be the right length of time for a good hand washing. Shortly after that I went into the bathroom in a restaurant, and while I was washing my hands, I silently said the Lord’s Prayer, and then when I was finished I realized, that many people kneel when they pray, so what would that look like. I made this meme and posted it on my Facebook page, because it still makes me smile when I read it.
Dennis and I are sheltered in at our home in Arizona. We have plenty of food in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to get us through a few weeks. We have toilet paper. We didn’t buy any, but we have a few packages for our two bathrooms, and now not having any guests visit, it should last a while.
I get up in the morning and I turn the news on the television. I watch for a short time, because I find it stressful to watch for too long. If something new or important happens, I get a notice on my phone and I can turn on the news then. I am relatively calm. I am also sad. I think about those who have compromised immune systems. I think about those in nursing homes who cannot see their families, and they were lonely before, and now they are extremely lonely. I think about the homeless and wonder how they can shelter when they have no place to shelter, or don’t desire to shelter. I especially think about my children and their children. I don’t live near any of them.
I am not a big telephone person. When I bought my new iPhone a few months ago, I walked into the Apple store and told them I needed a new camera! Yeah, that’s what I use my phone for 99% of the time. It has now become my communication devise again. Yesterday I was on the phone with my sister. She is a widow living alone. She is having minimal contact with her one family in her vicinity, and she is stressed.
Venues that hold many people are temporarily closing. The larger churches are streaming their worship service online. I watched two this weekend. The one that doesn’t usually stream had some difficulty with their streaming. The church in Missouri that we attend, always stream their services, and the pastor, although speaking in front of an empty auditorium that holds about 2,000, looked like he was speaking to people in person—he was totally comfortable. I remember once last year when there was a major ice storm, they cancelled in person services and streamed. I guess he had practice for what is happening today. Thank God for technology that we can connect with our worship, talk with friends through social media, go shopping, download books. Only twenty years ago, this would not have been possible.
What am I doing while sheltered in our home? I have my book, “In Awe,” to read. I have a couple other books downloaded on my Kindle app on my iPhone. I am working on a quilt. We have been taking walks outdoors along the walking paths in our neighborhood. I have a lot of food in the house and if I get really bored, I may try some new recipes. Of course there is the television. Not only do we have cable, we have an Apple TV hooked up, that allows me to watch Apple TV, Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and various other streaming apps. So far I have filled my days well. There is plenty to do here.
What I will miss is seeing people in person. I am energized by being in the presence of people. I love interacting in person, but that is temporarily stopped. It is just for a period of time. It is not forever. It seems like a minor sacrifice compared to the sacrifices our military makes every day for us, or our families in the past during times of war. We will get through this.
I believe that God is sovereign and loving. He will hold us in place if we seek him. He can give us peace that passes understanding. On that note, I shall stop, because I want the last thought in your head to be one of encouragement.