Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; the patient in spirit are better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
As many of you know, I went to twelve schools between kindergarten and tenth grade. I grew up as an Air Force brat until the age of thirteen. I was so excited to spend three years in the same high school. It helped me learn to accept life’s transitions. It didn’t necessarily make life easier, but it did provide the experience that transitions can be survived and even bring new interests and excitement.
Avoiding change and transition will not keep it from happening. One of life’s givens? Nothing stays the same! Our response should be to prepare and trust. We prepare by nurturing our faith so that when transition occurs, we have the trust in God to face it with optimism and even excitement. God’s power is needed in those moments of transition so we can face the change with courage and conviction.
The ability to face transition has rarely been more important than at this very moment in time. In just a few short months our lives have changed dramatically because of COVID-19. Many of those who cannot make the transition to our new way of living in this world will get sick, or at least make other people sick. One of the most faithful things we can do is make the transition to wearing masks and staying apart until we can get together without making each other sick.
Today, pray for the spiritual strength and wisdom to face this COVID-19 transition with grace and love. We can fight the transition, but it will create further illness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can learn to embrace our new transition. We can become more comfortable in our own skin and embrace the “new normal,” knowing we are honoring God and keeping others safe. The act of protecting yourself and others is a spiritual enterprise.