Finding Peace in Troubling Times (COVID-19)

This is quite possibly the most uncertain I’ve ever been.

 

It’s a tough time we’re facing. It feels like life itself has been cancelled. As we came around to the news of our church meetings being cancelled for an indefinite amount of time, I know some of us began to panic. I know I did.

 

The times we are living in – our new normal – is just so surreal. We are all basically quarantined to our homes, save a trip to get medicine or groceries when we need it.

 

We have no church gatherings, no restaurants, and many of us no work. Schools have been let out; possibly for the rest of the school year.

 

Store shelves lay bare, and while most of us have a food supply built up, I feel for those that do not. Toilet paper has become a commodity. There are cans of Lysol selling for over $100 online. Hospitals are worried they may not be able to keep up with the number of sick people when it comes down to the number of ventilators and ICU beds versus what may actually be needed.

 

The CDC and other health organizations are putting out some alarming statistics that have us all wondering whether or not we are infected and just don’t show any symptoms. 

 

Then, this morning, Utah was hit with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks still rock the region.

 

These are unsettling times, to say the least.

 

So how do we react?

 

What if we flipped the perspective? What if we looked at the positive in the situation. Outside of the death and illness, what if we looked at the opportunities we are gaining personally from this experience? We can choose to look to what we are grateful for in times of trouble.

 

I found this quote on the Deseret app:

 

Find Blessings Amidst Tribulations

Gratitude for Adversity

We are getting more time with family.  We are being made to stop and spend time together; to the point of needing to worship at home. It’s been forced upon us to cut out all unnecessary tasks outside of our home. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more aware of how important it is to have the Priesthood in my home, as when my husband was able to give us the Sacrament this past Sunday.

 

Maybe this is what President Nelson meant when he said something big was coming for this upcoming General Conference. I know I’ve felt now, more than ever, the divine guidance the Prophet must receive from our Heavenly Father. 

 

May this be a hidden blessing for you.

 

Imagine if this had happened before we had our Come Follow Me. Imagine if this had happened before we were more accustomed to bringing church into our home. Would so many of us have been equipped? I know that the lack of church gatherings can feel stifling, but what if we looked at it as a blessing?

 

We will, after all, be with our families for eternity. Eternity, my friends, starts now. We can choose to view our tribulations as a blessing or a curse. We can “be of good cheer” (John 16:33), “for after much tribulation…cometh the blessing.” (D&C 103:12). I urge you to read both of those scriptures in full. John 16:33 talks about the peace we can have in Christ. 

 

We must remember that this is not our eternal home, and that through Christ’s atonement, we have an opportunity to rise to be so much more than we are able to be here on Earth. Some day we will dwell together with our family in the Celestial Kingdom. The bonds we form with our family here on Earth now will remain forever and ever.

 

May this be a hidden blessing for you and your family; that you will come together more than ever. That you may exist in happiness with no worry about the future because of our Heavenly Father’s great plan for us. 

 

Scriptures to help you through this time:

  • Psalm 9:10
  • Isaiah 26:3-4
  • 1 Chronicles 16:11
  • Psalm 32:7-8
  • John 14:27
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • D&C 78:7
  • D&C 76:50-70
  • D&C 88:2

 

We can make our homes a microcosm of what Eternity will be: worshiping together in harmony as we walk with Jesus. President David O. McKay said, “With all my heart I believe that the best place to prepare for … eternal life is in the home” (“Blueprint for Family Living,” Improvement Era, Apr. 1963, 252).