I Didn’t See That Coming

I watch the weather forecasts closely, especially this time of year.  It is the start of riding season and any good day is a good day to ride, but you don’t want to get caught in the snow.  However, this morning’s snowfall was a surprise for me.  I have been paying so much attention to the news about COVID-19, I hadn’t looked at the forecast – I didn’t see that coming.

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization that there was a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia in Huanan.  I am pretty sure that none of us heard about it.  And, if any of us did, we sure didn’t imagine what was coming.  Now almost 3 months later there isn’t a person on the planet that doesn’t know about COVID-19 and we sure didn’t see that coming.

I was in scouting for years and our motto was “Be Prepared.”  The idea was simple.  You don’t know what may happen, so be ready for it.  It was a different time, but I have carried a pocket knife since I was nine years old.  That was part of being prepared.  I have Band-Aids in my brief case.  I have a toolkit on my motorcycle and booster cables in the car.

We had lots of toilet paper here at home before the big TP run, so we haven’t had to resort to the alternatives.  BTW: There is are some great videos on YouTube about the history of TP and about what people have used as alternatives over the past couple thousand years.  One video pointed out that 70% of the world’s population still don’t use toilet paper.  It just goes to show you how dependent we are in Canada upon something that is basically optional.

So, are you prepared?  And, in what way?

It seems to me that we humans have more than just physical needs.  I love all the memes on Facebook about home schooling – detentions, expulsions, exasperated self-medicating teachers.  There is a lot of angst in the home classroom.  Us introverts are loving social safe distancing, but extroverts are in crisis.  The huggers are curled up in corners whimpering.  And, I just can’t imagine what people who struggle with depression are going through now.  Their lives are dark enough, without the descent of this plague. So, as well as physical needs we have emotional, mental and social needs.

We also have spiritual needs.  The Bible can be a little mysterious, much like that pneumonia that first appeared in Huanan, but it is also a very practical book, especially concerning daily living and words of comfort.  These may not be the most comforting words, but I love how Peterson put it in the Message translation of Proverbs 22:3:

A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.

I didn’t see the snow coming this morning, because I didn’t pay attention to the weather forecast.  But, I was prepared.  We had already decided to do our staff meeting via conference call and I had brought my laptop home from work.  So, I can sit here safely in my living room, watch the snow fall outside and still accomplish what I need to do today.

So, be prepared, I guarantee you won’t see everything coming at you.  Take care of yourself – physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually.

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