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What has COVID cancelled for you?



Dear Collective,


Is anyone else tired of things getting cancelled?


I am not gonna lie, COVID has me feeling really jaded. I was supposed to be getting married this saturday. Not gonna lie, if I had my way I would wave a magic wand and create a vaccine so I could still have my wedding. 


No matter who you are, we all seem to share in this common state of disappointment because of all the long awaited and anticipated plans that COVID-19 cancelled. 


What has COVID cancelled for you?

Maybe your everyday relationships with your coworkers, a concert to see your favorite band, your big summer vacation to Cancun, a baby shower, a graduation, a pending new job that has now fallen through, or your wedding.


And maybe I am assuming, but I bet this whole situation isn't particularly your cup of tea either. In fact, most of us have played the who gets the bigger pity party game. Don't deny it, you know you have. I am over here pouting that my wedding got pushed a year away, it is WAY too easy for me to roll my eyes at the high school senior who’s complaining about prom being cancelled. It is way too easy for us to compare, pout, and complain when we are in phases of life like this.


Have you ever watched one of those movies that feels like it's filmed backwards? 

You watch the whole movie and you feel like you have no idea what the heck is going on, and then finally the last scene reveals the purpose and meaning of the whole film and you're sitting there absolutely mind blown. One of those movies that just wrecks me every time I watch it is Seven Pounds with Will Smith. (It has WIll Smith in it so if you haven't seen it, hop on it because you are missing out). 


HUGE SPOILER ALERT. Long story short, Will Smith spends the entire movie performing seven major acts of kindness for complete strangers. As the audience you have no idea why Will Smith would do all of this until the final scene of the film. Little hints have been dropped throughout the movie, and it all culminates to reveal that a few years ago he was texting and driving which caused him to crash into another car and seven individuals were killed in the accident, including his fiance. He was the only one who survived the crash, so he spends his life finding ways to save seven other lives, in replacement for the lives he feels the weight of taking (wink wink, hence the title Seven Pounds...get it?)


The reason I just spoiled an incredibly great film (which you should go watch regardless, because surprisingly I didn't spoil the whole thing) is sometimes life is happening and it doesn't make sense to us. COVID happens, death happens, people leave, a job ends, depression hits, money is tight. These phases of life happen and while we are in the thick of it, the mud and mire of it, it doesn't make sense. When we are in these challenging seasons it is our nature to complain, compare, have pity parties, and ask God why. And thank the Lord, the Bible has an answer. In Ecclesiastes 3, God’s Word brings up this idea of phases of life, the good and the bad:


“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh”


You may have heard portions of this long beautifully written poem about the stages of life. But at the end of these lines there is this AMAZING golden nugget from God:


“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” 


God has made, and will make everything beautiful in its time. It may be hard to picture when the ongoing isolation starts to manifest itself through depression and anxiety, or when you feel like you’ve lost control of your life path because you had to move wedding plans, or you’re rattled with insecurity because that job fell through. But God is making it beautiful. And somehow in some way we will get to the other side of this covid disaster, and see that God was using this phase of your life for something greater, even if it doesn't make sense right now.


Do not forget who God is, what he has done, and what he promises to do. No one can fathom how God has intricately designed this world, every single piece of life in it, and His amazing story of salvation from beginning to end. God is making this season beautiful, you just may have to wait until the end of the film to see the whole picture. 


Go with God, 


Allison Schult


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