Fight or Flight?
I woke up really early this morning, around five o'clock, and I laid there, silently, listening to the sounds of the birds chirping. It was peaceful, still kind of dark outside, and the only sound I could hear. I wondered, in that moment, if birds worried about things like sickness and death. I wondered if during their morning songs, they warned each other about staying home or ignoring the world's stressors. Do birds worry at all? Do birds fear? Have they been warned about coronavirus or are they still just fluttering their wings, happy that it's getting warmer and flowers are blooming in places that just recently were barren?
I wondered, in that moment, if I could be a bird too. Would I stay here or fly as far as possible from my worries? Would I stick around to watch how things unveil or would I dip out the first chance I got? Aside from not being a bird, and not being able to just fly away, these are some of the thoughts I have every day. I wonder how things in the world are going to turn out. I think about if I've made smart decisions up until now that will sustain me until the world gets back on track. How much fear is a good amount of fear, and is that fear enough to keep me safe and out of harm's way? Can too much fear hurt me or can lack of fear hurt those I love? I'm not really sure.
During this coronavirus epidemic, we've seen so many powerful things in the news (not powerful in a good or bad way, but powerful in a way that really makes you think). Nobody really knows how this is going to play out locally or on a national or international level, but I've been reminded during this time, to pray. As a people, we get so worked about about what is happening on the news. We go out and buy toilet paper and stock up on things we don't need, but we oftentimes forget to pray in the midst of it all.
I know that my God is an all powerful God who would never leave me nor forsake me. He tries me... over and over again, but He is always with me. During this time of uncertainty, it is important to pray, not just for ourselves or for those around us directly, but for our world and what people everywhere are going through. Now isn't the time to take flight, but to remain steadfast and strong. The time to overcome and to build is now.
I hope you use this time to learn, to grow and to put down roots. Do not run. Do not fear. Do not fall. Remember to pray and imagine life when the uncertainty passes. You will be stronger, wiser and more powerful than before. Choose to fight or take flight, wisely.
Hope you're all staying safe and healthy out here!
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