It is a strange, strange time in our world right now. While we remain largely unaffected in our community, we know that we are not immune to what’s happening in the world and we know we can’t quite continue life as normal. Spring Break for our family began this week, as planned, but it is looking rather different than expected. We didn’t have big or exotic plans but we’ve cancelled the small trips we were going on and are staying close to home. Peter is already off work for the break and most of our activities are on pause. We’re really, really fortunate to not be in any high risks groups but we also live in a town with a higher than average population of elderly people and we are doing our best to be careful for the sake of those around us.
I’ll be honest, the first few days after we learned that COVID-19 had reached British Columbia, I walked around with this heavy sense of dread. A ball of anxiety in the centre of my chest that I couldn’t shake. I found myself looking at strangers and wondering if they were going to die soon. Obviously that’s an extremely unhealthy and morbid way to function; I’m generally a very optimistic person but this has felt like such a dark time. Every day I think about how thankful I am that this doesn’t seem to be affecting children much. But that doesn’t contain my worry for those around me who are vulnerable.
As a Christian, when worry consumes me, I turn to God and to His word. I’ve already been making an effort to read my Bible more regularly and part of that has been reading a Psalm each night before bed. Needless to say, this is way better for my peace of mind and my sleep than scrolling social media! Our family is praying a lot, trusting in God’s eternal grace and power, and using the scientific wisdom of those around us to make our decisions. My hands are raw from how much I’ve been washing them and we have friends we may not see for weeks or months.
So far on Spring Break we have made an effort to get outdoors each day. We started Saturday morning with a hike to the top of Pender Hill. The weather has been clear and cold and sunny and beautiful.
Sunday we opted to stay home from church and we hiked to Crowston Lake. We feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area where it’s easy for us to stay away from crowds and be outdoors.
We are also fortunate to be in our own home. We have a big backyard where the girls can play and a quiet street where they can ride their bikes. We have plans to do some planting in the garden and Peter hopes to build a playhouse over the next couple of weeks. We’re doing art and crafts and reading books and trying out a week’s free trail of Disney+. We are waiting to see how this situation affects our town and how we might be able to help when the time comes.
I hope that wherever in the world you are that you are well. That you are finding hope in the bloom of spring flowers, the return of the robins, the kindness of a friend or stranger. May you have health, happiness, and plenty of toilet paper.