I’m in the same place you are probably. This pandemic completely caught me off guard. I remember hearing about a coronavirus in China and giving it nothing more than a brief thought. Never would I have imagined that it would turn into a global pandemic that literally caused the world to stop its regular, day-to-day schedule! Yet, here we are in the beginning of May 2020 with a different way of living life. We are social distancing, only operating essential businesses, and starving for human contact and interaction! I’m not trying to stir up any emotions or opinions about what you feel about this pandemic; rather, here’s my question. What are you learning during this time?

I can’t help but think that God allowed this time for my good. This pandemic has affected all of us differently. Some in minor way, yet others in a major way. I don’t think any of us have enjoyed the news of what is taking place. But in the midst of this time, I do believe we can learn.

Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”

What do afflictions do in our lives? They cause us to stop and think on certain matters in a different way. And yes, we can learn more about God and His ways in our lives through them. I know that this has been a time of learning in my life. When giving a title to this blog, I almost entitled it “What I’ve Learned.” But as I began to think on it, that didn’t give the best picture of how I feel. I have much to learn still, so I wouldn’t say I’ve learned, but I am still learning! I believe God has so much more He wants to teach me and I want to pay attention to His lessons.

What would you say you have learned through this pandemic? Honestly, I would love to hear lessons and principles that God has brought to your attention during this time. If you would like to, please send them to me at philiprabon@beaconbaptist.org. I would love to hear those lessons! I believe I’ll develop these lessons into a longer form, but for now, here’s a quick look at some of the lessons I’m learning.

Time isn’t the problem, my priorities are.

I can plan ahead, but God knows the future. He really is in control.

Healing is in God’s hands.

Being calm is contagious, but so is fear.

How about you? What are you learning?