The word “corona” can be translated into many languages as the word for crown. Society regularly places invisible crowns on world leaders, athletes, and those in the entertainment industry.
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have placed new crowns on the heads of doctors, nurses, EMTs, and all in the medical profession–and rightfully so. Today I saw a meme on Facebook lauding truck drivers and supermarket employees–yes. We are so thankful for them, as well. Teachers, too, have been coronated for their amazing adaptability from classroom educators to on-line facilitators. Finally, parents of school-aged children, who never intended to stay home to educate their children, while working from home and trying to balance it all, have earned their crowns through social media.
What about you? Did you get your crown? While we see the extraordinary efforts of others during the current pandemic, feelings of inadequacy can plague others.
Who, you ask?
- The unemployed (before Coronavirus)
- The unemployed (because of Coronavirus)
- The elderly
- The homemakers without young children
I will admit the last bullet point is my current situation! In my own family, I have a husband who works from home in the transportation industry, a son working in the fast food circuit, and a daughter who just took on a position in a supermarket. All of these are considered “essential services”. My kids have also transitioned their college courses to online and have no need for this stay-at-home, former homeschool mom’s help!
Do you feel like everyone around you is making a difference? Do you feel like you’re in limbo?
In good times and in bad, we all have a part to play–even if it’s not obvious. Ask yourself these questions if you feel like you are doing nothing important:
- Have I prayed for the sick, the doctors, the first responders, the essential personnel?
- Have I stayed home as much as I can to prevent the spread?
- Have I surveyed the stores for current situations of rations and shared that info with others; or, fed my family creatively, using what was on hand?
If you’ve prayed, stayed, or surveyed, you have made an extremely valuable contribution to the cause! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:12:
“There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its parts make up one body.”
E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is needed for the body of Christ.
In verses 18-20 of the same chapter of 1 Corinthians, we are reminded that God’s got us right where He wants us. We all can’t have the same functions and purposes. We need to work together, as one body, doing our unique jobs.
“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
I suggest you read this whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 12. It will give you peace in knowing you are essential. Maybe your essential service is to help, support, love, and pray for those in “essential services”!
Now, do me a favor. Think of one thing you have done for another during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Acknowledge it. Tilt your head down. Feel that big, beautiful crown being placed on your head. Hold your head up high. Congratulations! You are now the worthy owner of your very own “corona”!
May God bless you and keep you healthy!