The Toughest Work in Pandemic Era

By Annabelle Uy Flote

Lay, General Santos City

Each day has been a raging battle for many of us. Regardless of one’s status in life, pandemic has made its despondent way to hamper one’s seemingly normal life. For the past few months, the world has been finding its means to survive. However, it seems like all of government measures cannot suffice. True enough, uncertainty magnifies its truest self in form of sickness, sorrow, depression and loss of one’s faith.

A famous quote once said, “Tough times never last, tough people do.” One of the things that people need aside from being tough is the answer to this question: When will this pandemic era end? As each day becomes a constant setback, one’s sanity is being challenged at the maximum level. This indeed is the toughest work in this sorrowful time.

We’ve all grown tired and weary hearing all of negative information squeezing from time to time. A thought that media might be filtering something or our government’s mishaps towards this circumstance has somehow disturbed us. We cannot deny the fact that above all, we’ve been so tired waiting when will these all come to an end.

From these thoughts come our deepest actions and nowadays we began to question how things should really work. Many of us try to act in a normal way just like we all do before but our mind seemed to be overpowered by grief-stricken worries and negativities. Thus, how to keep our thoughts in shape has become one of the things being dealt each day. A lot of us do not know that more than the pandemic, our toughest enemy is ourselves. We may have done foolish things, trivial or not, but as one of the darkest eras came, so as our truest nature came out. Is this the time to put the blame to other nation? What good would it bring us if we get involved in nonsense panicking and useless gossiping both in virtual and personal. Yes, times have changed but not our God.

Let us remember that God still stands unbothered by worldly uproars. Matthew 23:35 says, “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” If God’s word remains powerful despite difficulties, then no reasonable amount of hardships can overpower God’s divine plan for us – this includes pandemic itself. Our sanity might be affected but this is not the end of this. Isaiah 54:17 clearly says, “But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I the Lord, have spoken.

Let us put our thoughts, words and actions to God. He cares for us and His purposes are served just in time! Your sanity is God’s priority. Just let Him do His work! Press on!