A Thief Came in the Night

That’s how COVID-19 feels to me – like a thief in the night.

It crept up so suddenly, with no warning and seemed to have stolen our freedom.  And without any permission, it took over our thought life, it took over our routines and left us thinking about little else but itself.  We are consumed with the thoughts of the impact, the damage, not just to us, its to our neighbours down the street as well.  And not just to them, the damage is on the other side of town and our neighbouring country and to our friends across the globe.

Recorded March 21 – My anchor during COVID-19

Flying through the clouds and not seeing the way. It’s a good thing the pilot isn’t depending on sight.

The damage is leaving a big impact

And while the damage of this thief is still happening, I’ve been reflecting on the impact:

1. It is stealing from us in the travel and tourism industry

We’ve been hit hard – and that’s an understatement. Many, many airlines have cut their schedules by over 70% as countries have restricted access. 

Employment at risk

Air transport accounts for 65.5 million jobs globally zooming in to just 10 of the countries affected by COVID-19, between 15 and 23% jobs of air transport staff are at risk of unemployment.

Airlines who have largely operated on very thin margins are now at an all-time low.  Many have sent home thousands of their staff.

2. Working from home has new meaning

I am not allowed to go into our office to work.

Yet I am so aware that there are some who have to stay home with unpaid leave.  And others were already at home looking for a job even before COVID-19.

I am praying for them.  That they would not lose heart and that they would be sustained through this time.

I have a loving home environment with a husband who comes to check if I’m okay while I’m working, who makes sure I’m drinking enough water and who showers me with love in so many ways. 

I am aware that families are forced to be together at home and where it’s very different from this. I am praying for them. That they see each other in a fresh way, and see the gift that they are to each other.

3. It showed up something in my heart – my wake up call

I found myself deeply disappointed that doctors have taken a long time to find a vaccine for this coronavirus. Somehow, it seems that the ‘google-it’, smart-everything, easy-access-to-information mode of life, seeped into my belief that ‘finding a vaccine’ shouldn’t take the doctors too long. 

This was a wake-up call to keep checking where I am casting my faith. And then I remembered the words “No king is saved by the size of his army, no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety, neither will it deliver because of its great strength.” Psalms 33.  I went to check exactly what the entire passage said and it was so encouraging. Here’s an extract:

No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
A horse is a vain / false hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.

Psalms 33: 16 – 22 New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

4. So then where will I cast my anchor?

You know, I remember when I was on this flight going through the turbulent patch and thinking, I’m so glad that the pilot is using something other than sight to take us safely home!

This is a turbulent time. I wonder sometimes – what are people anchoring on?  Is it hope that things will be better soon? Is it relationships and family? Is it hope that their jobs will be okay?

Personally, I am anchoring on Jesus who has proven Himself as my navigator and pilot. 

He is how I got where I am today. 

I’m not sure where this will end. I know it will and it will be okay. In fact, my faith tells me that after we are battered and bruised a bit, we will be better because of new opportunities, new relationships and fresh faith in God. 

My faith also tells me that COVID-19 will not be the last time we are shaken up, so I’d better be really anchored, to be able to withstand the next thing.

We will go through the clouds to the other side, with God’s help. I SitAWhile and ponder these things.

And what about you, where is your anchor?

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Livi

    Beautiful… almost 21 days in lockdown.. hope you still anchored… on Christ. Love the music, love you. Love to Carey as well..

    1. Yes. For us now end of week 4. Easter has been precious. Hope you got to see the Easter songs. Blessings.

  2. Marjorie Hemmings

    Thanks dear Shaunelle. I thank the Lord for you as you take the time to reach out to encourage and inspire us and reassure us that we are not alone. May the Lord continue to bless you and your dear husband and to keep you safe as we all face this global challenge.

    1. Thank you dear Marjorie. Yes we are safe. Love to the others too. And have a good sing out in your living room there, the 2 singers that you are 🙂

  3. Elecia

    Thanks Shaunelle. Inspirational!

  4. Rhonda

    Hi Shaunelle blessings on you. Such an encouragement in these times.

  5. Erica

    I am still listening and my heart is already being blessed. Your unselfishness is a blessing to the rest of us. As I see the world blanketed by this virus I know that more than ever our hope has to be anchored in God. In Jeremiah 14, He warned that by the sword, famine,and pestilence He will punish those who refuse to bow. We have seen sword, we have seen famine, even if not so widespread, and we did not turn around. Now the pestilence, but there is hope. Repent and turn to Him.
    I get to spend more time with God and while the storms rage, He is still my anchor.
    This format enables me to enjoy. Just didnt get the hang previously.
    Thank you. Be blessed.

    1. I’m so glad you’re getting through with the songs now and that it is blessing you. Please stay safe and thanks for sharing.

  6. Sean

    Thanks Shaunelle. Your time, talent and words of encouragement shared with us surely LIGHTENS THE WAY, especially during this challenging time. We pray that we would also be a source of encouragement to you and your family as well.
    As sticks in a bonfire burn brightly, so may we provide light in our home, neighborhood and society.

    God has promised to never leave or forsake us.

    Matthew 6:26
    Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns–and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

    1. Thanks Sean for that reminder that it’s gonna be alright! He’s with us.

  7. Anne

    Thanks as always Shaunelle for the reminders. Also your words are confirmed this will not be the last time we will be shaken, Reverend Jennings said it also in his message this morning . We all need to sitAwhile and be still in God’s presence.

    1. Yup, there will always be something going on. And we just have to keep going back to the Source for strength to keep going.
      Thanks Anne.

  8. Jianna

    Such apt thoughts Shaunelle….its a reminder to place our faith fully where it should be…in our God who delivers over and over again….thank God for the saving redeeming blood of Jesus Christ…….God bless you and family.

  9. Nichole

    Beautiful Shaunelle!

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