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Rona Is Forcing Us To Shift How We Be
March 16, 2020 Random Thoughts

Who would’ve thunk it? Three months into 2020 and we’re on lockdown. New York City schools are closed, Broadway is dark, church services are canceled indefinitely because of the 500 max ban and we’re all in the house because of Rona AKA the Coronavirus. Rockefeller Center was quiet as a mouse on Friday and you could literally do cartwheels in the middle of Times Square and live to tell about it. New York City: Manhattan specifically feels like it did during 9/11. How does it feel in your neck of the woods?

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Subways and buses are empty, which is actually a good thing because now you can pick your seat as you travel to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or some other market to stock up. P.S. Whole Foods has great sales on fresh produce. Go get you some because fresh produce is what’s going to get you through Rona. The stronger your immune system the less chance of contracting Rona or any other virus for that matter. That’s my focus; keeping my immune system strong and using my food as medicine, in the same way, I do on any other day. My immune-boosting arsenal consists of:

  • Black Seed Oil
  • L-Lysine
  • GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract)
  • Ginger
  • Sea Moss
  • Turmeric
  • Ashwagandha
  • Maca
  • Spirulina and
  • Lots of water plus fresh fruits and veggies

Oh, and I’m also using a humidifier with an essential oil tray filled with Eucalyptus. Rona or not, everyone ought to pick up a humidifier because it reduces airborne viruses and bacteria, improves sleep, and soothes dry skin. Do you have a humidifier?

Now with all that said, I have a few questions that need answers: what’s with the hoarding of toilet paper? Do you have the runs? Are you expecting the runs because of all the fresh produce you’re eating? Why are you buying so much toilet paper? I went to three stores yesterday and couldn’t find one roll: not one! My last resort was a 7-Eleven and they were sold out! What on earth are you doing with so much toilet paper?

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As I await your answers, how are you dealing with the new turn of events? I don’t know about you, however, prior to Rona, I’d never heard of social distancing. I went to my friend Pete’s bagel shop yesterday and met a guy who lives alone and is having a hard time with it. He said, “I feel like the walls are closing in on me. I had to get out, so I came out for a walk and ended up here. Don’t know how I’m gonna make it with everything closed because of social distancing. Who made that up? It sucks!” P.S. if you live in Brooklyn or are visiting NY and you want a good bagel and excellent customer service in a friendly atmosphere, go see Pete at Court Street Bagels (181 Court Street) and tell him Chase sent you.

While some people can’t handle our new reality of social distancing, it’s fine with me. There are two sides to me; one side, the extrovert, that loves peopleing, socializing and talking to strangers and the other side, the introvert who enjoys her own company immensely.

I took a trip to Whole Foods on Saturday morning and that filled the extrovert in me because New Yorkers really come together in times of crisis. I had so many conversations with strangers about how we’re getting through this time and we all offered words of encouragement to each other and helped out where we could, for example, I didn’t bring enough bags with me so the nice couple behind me paid for my extra bags just as I was about to give the cashier a dollar.

In the midst of it all, God revealed something to me so powerful while in Whole Foods that I stopped dead in my tracks. While we didn’t know Rona was on the horizon, he did, and he made sure I would be just fine. We live life forward and understand it backward. How many times have you been in a situation that you didn’t understand until months or sometimes years later? Now some of the events of last year make perfect sense.

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So are you stressed by Rona? Don’t be! I’ve lived long enough and been through enough to know that God’s got me and you. When your life has been like the video below, Rona doesn’t faze you one bit. You do what you have to do, and you keep putting one foot in front of the other while leaning on the everlasting arms. It’s really all any of us can do during uncertain times. God is still in control and every promise in his word still stands. He will never leave me or forsake me and the same is true for you if you are His. Like any other storm or disturbance, this too shall and will pass.

A book arrived in the mail on Saturday that I was not expecting. The Shift; Courageously Moving From Season to Season by Keion Henderson could not be more appropriate as we navigate our way through Rona. As the title of this post says, Rona Is Forcing Us To Shift. In the section titled Basic Training, Keion says,

“Every problem, conflict, loss, disappointment, and painful circumstance we experience contributes to our basic training. God uses them to refine us. Through struggle, we gain the strength we need for our success. It’s critical, then, that when we are having valley moments when life looks bleak, we don’t lose our sensibilities and abandon our faith. In our frustration or anger or sadness, we must not succumb to evil or arrogance or detachment. We can’t shut down.

Why?

Because God is still speaking. God remains present in our pain and is committed to teaching us what we need to know for the next step or level in our life journey. This season of shifting is a time for God to give you the skill set you’re going to need in the next chapter of your life. Everything you’re going through is basic training for everything you’re going to. So how will you come out on the other side of Rona?

Something to think about…

What say you? How are you affected by Rona? Are you on lockdown? Is church canceled for you? What about work? How is Rona forcing you to shift and how many rolls/packs of toilet paper did you buy?

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  1. Its such strange and confusing times isn’t it?!? Try and stay positive where possible. Sending my thoughts from York, UK #GlobalBlogging
    Shelley (Wander & Luxe) recently posted…21 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts for 2020My Profile

  2. Yvonne, your message is a voice of sanity in this world gone crazy. We do what we can do to stay healthy. We don’t live afraid. We trust God. This too shall pass.

    I really loved what you said about living life forward and understand it backward. There’s so much wisdom in this!

    And about toilet paper . . . if people need THAT much TP, they’ve got bigger problems than Rona. 😉
    Jeanne TakPenaka recently posted…Fear: We Always Have a ChoiceMy Profile

    • @Jeanne,

      I finally found toilet paper and just in time because there was only about 15 individual rolls left.

      The sale was 10 rolls for $5. While I was tempted to take 10, that would mean there would be none left for the next person so I took four. They’re BIG rolls so hopefully, they will last me a while. Help us, Lord!
      Yvonne Chase recently posted…Rona Is Forcing Us To Shift How We BeMy Profile

  3. Our true selves are put on display when we’re in crisis, so I’m saddened by all the hoarding and panic, but maybe we will emerge from this pandemic stronger and more reslient?
    Michele Morin recently posted…What You Need to Know About LossMy Profile

  4. Who would have thought in January, Yvonne, that we would find ourselves here in this mess in March? Thank you for sharing your immune system arsenal!!! I think building and maintaining a healthy immune system is very important in the light of COVID-19!

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    • @Patsy

      I know right? Keeping our immune systems strong is what we can control. He’s called us to be good stewards over our bodies. Let’s do what we can and leave the rest in the hands of our capable God to do what we can’t.

  5. Yvonne,
    Loved the choral rendition of “Wash Your Hands” LOL. I’ve been singing that tune. Actually this quarantining of ourselves reminds me of recuperating from some major surgeries in which I was unable to go out for two months. I figure if I got through that…this should be a piece of cake. When we get through one major trial, it gives us courage and confidence that God will get us through the next one. I’m a hugger so this social distancing thing is hard. On the upside, I’m seeing more of my neighbors than ever before because we’re all out going for walks because we have cabin fever already. Way to charge up the immune system!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx
    Bev @ Walking Well With God recently posted…Hoarding God’s Word – Plus GiveawayMy Profile

  6. Yvonne, my husband and I had the same experience with looking for and not being able to find toilet paper. We weren’t completely out but it was getting pretty close and every store in our town was sold out. We checked. We finally found some on Monday. As we went to the checkout counter to pay for our groceries (including the TP), we saw a woman with a cart FULL of TP. The store manager pointed to a sign limiting customers to 2 packs.

    I am alarmed at this “every man for himself” mentality. We will get through this crisis TOGETHER!
    Laurie recently posted…Three Of the Best and Worst Pieces of Running Advice I Ever GotMy Profile

  7. Our church has gone to online only as well. They are doing nightly worship sessions also online that have been a real lifeline for me. By the end of the day I really need that pick-me-up with “community”, even if online. Here in Alabama a lot of people are still going about business as usual, just a little less so. Schools and daycares are all closed though. It bothers me that some still aren’t taking it seriously enough, but each day, more people are understanding. It could all come to a grinding halt soon once we start getting more test kits and discover how many people really have this already.
    Lisa notes recently posted…When Plans Are a Tossup, Live in GraceMy Profile

    • @Lisa,

      My pastor is doing daily devotions online at 1o AM and weekly Tuesday night prayer at 7 PM. Technology is coming in quite handy for those community pick me ups we all desperately need. Hang in there because as you know with certainty, this too shall pass. Let’s hope we don’t miss what God wants to do in us and through us during this time.
      Yvonne Chase recently posted…Rona Is Forcing Us To Shift How We BeMy Profile

  8. What great observations, Yvonne. I love the thought that everything in our lives just contributes to our “basic training.” I’m praying that the fear, panic, even hoarding, will drive people to the only One who can be our strength in challenging, crazy times.
    Donna Reidland recently posted…“How to Get Unstuck & Start Growing” March 21My Profile

  9. @Donna,

    Me too. If we remember “basic training” then perhaps it will make it easier to get to the other side of whatever we’re going through. And yes, I join you in that prayer; that people will be driven to the One who can be our strength during this challenging time. God is able and he is still on the throne.
    Yvonne Chase recently posted…Rona Is Forcing Us To Shift How We BeMy Profile

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