Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the vines have no grapes ….
From Rumours to Vaccinations
From the very early rumours of COVID in January 2020 to date, the virus has moved rapidly, shaking the whole world to its very chore. Yet the equally rapid move of researchers and health care workers ushered in the year of the vaccines in 2021.
Massive kudos to all the health care researchers and workers who buckled down tirelessly to bring in this critical resolve for humanity.
Kudos, definitely, for the thousands, who are catalysts and those who are banding together to drive down the number of people infected by this insidious virus.
There is a ripple of excitement, scepticism and everything else thrown in the mix as nation after nation engages in the meticulous arrangements for administering these vaccines to thousands in each zone, in a methodical and safe way. Australia started rolling out doses for its citizens in March. Kudos to those governments that are making this a priority for their people.
Under the Umbrella of COVID
Under the umbrella of COVID, we all have been moved in ways that we never ever could have imagined. Our social, domestic and work lives have changed forever with crippling travel curbs, untold health challenges because of isolation and anxiety and, for some, the heartache of loosing loved ones to the virus. There are those who have been able to turn their failing businesses through changed avenues of generating income, whilst many have had to rely on government job keeper subsidies to remain afloat.
Unfortunately, too, there are those who have been moved by hatred for people groups often identified with the spread of COVID. A destructive trend leading to social fractures and leaving many victims in its trail – https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/17/us/shooting-atlanta-acworth.
Many others bear the heartache of not being able to see loved ones because of travel restrictions and border closures in the midst of continuing phases of life – births, marriages, deaths, school / college days, old age – the list is endless.
And for some, acceptance of a ’stand-still’ in their personal circumstances because of COVID, drives them to look up and say –
Even if the fig tree does not bloom
and the vines have no grapes,
Even if the olive tree fails to produce
and the fields yield no food,
Even if the sheep pen is empty
and the stalls have no cattle –
Even then, I will be happy with the Lord.
I will truly find joy in God, who saves me.
He makes my feet like those of a deer.
He makes me walk on the mountains.
GOD’S WORD® Translation (© 1995)
Yes, March has been a month of many moves. And move on we must.
Even if x, y, z happens ….
Even then I will move that which I can – my eyes to look up and my heart to be joyful in Him, who enables me to view my situation through upward and onward looking lenses, giving me strength and courage to walk on forward to a different and, hopefully, a better future.