There is no disputing that this is a very challenging time for the entire world, we can’t deny the impact the coronavirus has had on us, disrupting not only our daily lives but having a massive impact on other aspects of life. But just like any other experience, there are certain lessons to be learnt from this pandemic and we shouldn’t ignore it.
Here are a few lessons I learnt
The Coronavirus has really humbled humanity, it is a serious threat to the entire human race irrespective of religion, gender, social class or race and we can see humanity putting aside our differences and coming together to achieve one goal, I hope when all this is over we never forget this and spread unity to every aspect of mankind.
It took the world unaware and made us understand that science is imperfect; it failed us for not being able to see nor prevent it, rather it questioned scientific knowledge, the wisdom of men is fallible, and it proves that only God reigns supreme, that is why I don’t trust science 100% but I trust in God who sees us is in our darkest days. (1 Corinthians 3:19) For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”.
Now we can all agree that humans are social beings, look how difficult the social distancing is, we crave to be around people, to interact with people, hug them, shake hands and all other forms of social closeness, they say you don’t know what you have till you lose it, this situation has opened our eyes to the essence of the things we take for granted, so let’s not forget to be present at the moment, whenever we see ourselves in that family dinner, social function, dinner date, outing with loved ones or friends or whatever social event we find ourselves, no more distractions especially with social media but really being present at the moment.
It’s so saddening the number of lives that have been lost during this period, there are people behind those numbers, someone’s mother, friend, father, husband or relative. Dreams have been cut short, plans thwarted, and hope dashed, people are grieving and are dealing with the heaviness that comes with losing a loved one, so if you are not among these group of people, I hope you are thankful and grateful, and really appreciate what you have. Let’s not forget to live with purpose because these people will give anything to have the life we are living now.
We should also learn to take action fast, Countries like South Korea and Singapore that acted fast to implement the quarantine and screening measures recorded low numbers of infection but a Country like Italy was badly hit because of inadequacy to act fast, I hope we learn to act fast on those goals and dreams, so we don’t end up in regrets.
Let’s talk Africa, particularly my beloved Country Nigeria, as much as they are doing their best to fight this pandemic but it has also exposed the ill-treatment of their citizens. People are asked to stay at home to fight the pandemic, but there are a good number of people who don’t even have homes to stay in and nothing is done about them. A greater population Is wallowing in poverty and it gets worse because so many of them depend on wages, so many people are starving, prices of things have gone up and some youths have gone into robbery, now people are not only scared of the virus but they are scared of being robbed, these are scary times for many of them and the government needs to do more to curb these embarrassing plight the citizens have been faced with, they need to stop being selfish, there is a lockdown and food needs to be provided for those who don’t have less of the talk and more action, money has been disbursed but there is yet to be any commendable effort from the government.
I spoke with a friend in Delta State who told me of something horrible that happened in my Town, Ughelli; they burned someone to death because he stole food, it’s really a heartbreaking situation. People have no means of survival, they’re indoors without food, I weep for the kids; I am deeply broken thinking of orphans. How would they cope? What is their hope? I feel for those in the ghettos; it breaks us without pretence. Oh, what a sad reality, Covid19 is a deadly sting this generation will never forget in a hurry. It must go down in history.
What about some religious bodies encouraging People to have faith and go to church because of their selfish interests, so many pastors are bringing so many theories, in other to mislead us, pray in your homes God can answer you anywhere.
Keep praying to God, things will surely change but do not disobey those in authorities, you must obey the government. (Romans 13:1-2) Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.
Obey the government, let’s keep praying for their hardened hearts to change for good. Most importantly, the importance of health cannot be overemphasized, don’t take actions that will be at the detriment of your health, let’s take care of our bodies or we will be forced to do so and at that time we will be able to do nothing else and all the things we are chasing will do nothing for us.
We appreciate all our amazing workers putting their lives on the line; they are the rays of sunlight in this dark time we have found ourselves, and to all others putting in the work, our security personnel’s, all those still available to provide the basic essentials we need during this period, we are so grateful and we say God bless you.
Let’s all adhere to instructions from the government UN and health workers WHO to flatten the curve. We are one, stay safe and have ETERNITY in mind. Be strong, seasons come and goes, this too shall pass.
Thanks, may God be with you.