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This week has seemed to pass by in a complete fog! I sit down to write and suddenly hours have gone by. Often, I get to the end of the day and find that I have otten almost nothing done. I plan to do something on a given day, then I am haunted by insomnia and can’t sleep that night…meaning I sleep very late the next day along with Ron.

If there is anything I hate, it is to be unproductive! Ugh! Our schedules don’t seem to sync well lately but I used to still be able to get things done. Now I feel like a sluggish hippo who is sloshing around in mud. The more I try to get things done, the worse things get.

As I talk to friends, I’m finding my experience is not unique.

I’m told I’m not unique. Even people younger than I are having some of the same problems. I noticed that a week from today will be May 1. Although the announcement hasn’t officially been made by our governor, I think she may allow our state to start opening up commerce May 1. That will be a welcome event. It will feel good to get out and about…more than simply walking in our neighborhood. Of course, this will be a staged even. It won’t all happen at once.

I find myself needing to remember GOD’s goodness in the middle of all this covid craziness. Any semblance we have of control over our own lives seems to be gone. That isn’t all bad, but it is a difficult adjustment.

So where is my ramble going today? Of course, I must remind myself of the goodness of GOD in the middle of all this confusion. I have to cut back on watching the news when I get so much conflicting news about this virus. It’s understandable. It’s a new bug. They are still learning about it. It’s scary. The most common and most scary word is this: “it might ….” I just have to realize that is a maybe, not a certainty. There are way too many maybe’s out there. Maybe the sky will fall. Maybe the world will end. So far, none of the awful predictions came true in terms of high numbers of deaths and respirator patients affected by this disease.

That may simply have been a direct result of GOD’s mercy to us and answer to prayer. It may also have been that this bug isn’t quite as bad as was originally thought. I have no idea. But I’m taking comments that include “might” with a grain of salt. I will not allow them to lead me into panic. Yes, it is possible those things might happen. But so far they haven’t. If they do, GOD will see us through or take us to heaven. I’d like to stay here to see how the stories of many of my family members come out. I’m not in a rush to leave at all. But if it is my time to go, worrying will not keep me here or prevent my leaving.

So I need to encourage fellow believers as I did tonight through our small group as well as after in some phone calls. They encouraged me too! It was nice to have some actual conversations and connect a bit. I”ll say it again. GOD is good no matter how things turn out. And He is with those of us who are His children.

Instead of sharing a number of individual verses, I’ll share this Psalm with you tonight. I found it very encouraging and comforting.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV

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