We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. Hebrews 6:18 (The Message)
I was talking with a client the other day about COVID-19, and its role in exacerbating her anxiety. I assured her that other clients- many others- are experiencing huge increases in anxiety because of the pervasive COVID pandemic. She felt some small level of relief that she was not alone in this phenomenon, as I normalized the pain of this shared experience. I also talked with her about her need for perspective in a time when anxiety often precludes rational perspective. I discussed the need to look at what life might look like in 6 months. It is reasonable to expect that a fairly large number of people will have had the opportunity to receive a vaccination for the virus. In other words, help truly is on the way. Unfortunately, anxiety often robs us of rational planning and perspective. Anxiety colors everything with a negativity that is unexplainable.
I showed her a visual example. I put my hand directly in front of my eyes so that all I could see was my hand. As I slowly moved my hand away from my eyes, I could see things around it. I had gained perspective. COVID anxiety sometimes robs us of that perspective.
We are inundated with bad news about the growing number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Yet, we must be able to get perspective on this. Certainly, we must continue to practice prudent measures- masks, distance and hygiene. Yet, in 6 months, the landscape will look different. Widespread vaccinations will be mitigating the hazards of COVID-19, and this awful virus will recede into history as a bad chapter. It will still be part of our history, but it will not dictate our daily activities.
So, perspective is critical. Yes, we need to be patient as we await the help that is on the way. But be certain, help is on the way.
Prayer: Father, we trust in your provision, and the perspective of hope. You have given us the tools to help protect us. Thank you for your hand of provision through those whom you have gifted, Amen