Has the lockdown changed your priorities?

I had big plans for 2020! I love going on holiday and my priority for 2020 was to do as much travelling as possible before my 30th Birthday.

I was completely unaware that come March, my perspectives would change.

As an NHS employee, I faced possible re-deployment and I felt anxious about passing Covid-19 onto my vulnerable parents. I knew I had to be sensible and live apart from my parents during the peak of the virus but the thought of loneliness and having to cope with all the uncertainties on my own concerned me.

Throughout my two month period of isolation, I learned to trust in God. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). I found comfort in God’s presence and experienced joy and contentment.

On reflection, my concerns in March were insignificant compared to many people worldwide who have suffered great loss due to Covid-19. The experience however caused me to consider ‘What is life all about?”

Nothing this world has to offer us, holidays and materialistic items, can fully satisfy us. There is a longing in everyone’s heart that only a personal relationship with Jesus can satisfy.

Life isn’t easy. We can be sure trials will hit us but when trials arrive, it is an opportunity to renew our trust in God and appreciate the joy and blessings in our lives.

I intend to enjoy life but recently I have realised there is a greater meaning to life. I may forget this valuable lesson at times but I am thankful for God’s never ending love, faithfulness and forgiveness.