“If it weren’t for Covid, we would have been able to travel and enjoy our break.” ; “I would have taken the exam last February if Covid had not existed.” ; “We would have gone to other provinces and visited our relatives if not because of this Covid.”—- Or, are you one the many people who desperately say, “If only this pandemic did not happen.” or “We will do it next time when this crisis will end.”? These lines are familiar, aren’t they? Do you hear one of these often? exactly “ruined” our calendar of activities.
It has been a while since the uncertainty of this pandemic, caused by Covid-19, has continuously spread. It has made us realize that it is impossible for us to predict that anything will happen as what we have imagined it would. It has even awaken us that putting the future into a perpetual holding pattern is tough. Sometimes, unrealized plans can lead us to frustration or worse to depression.
Amidst this pandemic, it is important to keep making plans—even if sometimes they turn out to be futile. Doing so can help us stay in positive mind-set and keep us from being overwhelmed by stress especially in this crisis. Wherever we are, whatever hard thing we are currently going through right now, let us not forget that there is Someone who has better plans for us, who knows exactly what is good for us, He is God.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” — Proverbs 19:21—Take this bible verse as our security blanket. This simply teaches us that in this life full of changes and challenges, and that even if things don’t always work out the way we want them to, what we need to store in our hearts is that His purpose prevails. When it is from Him, it’s always going to be good.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11)—Another Bible verse that would help us remember that God has a plan for our lives. These words of Jeremiah are so appropriate in the midst of hardship and suffering and to the people who were likely desiring an immediate rescue. Let us cling, God’s promises that He has a plan to prosper them in the midst of their current situation.
Be hopeful to his promise!
Paul O. Orong
Principal II, MCNSHS