I am not as far in my walk with God as some others. I can’t fire off scriptures that well. But there’s something about 2020 that feels like it was ripped out of the Book of Job. Now, for those who don’t know, I’ll give you the abridged version.
God & the devil was shooting the breeze & the devil was like, I got $50 that ya mans Job turns his back on you if shit hits the fan. God was like that’s easy money. See, God doesn’t make bets he can’t win, so he already knew this bag was secured. Anyway, God let the devil strip Job of valued possessions, starting with his wealth, his animals, and his land. The devil had the birdman hand rub going. Job cried unto the Lord for the loss of the material goods he lost, but he remained faithful. The devil kicked it up a notch, Job’s family died. Job cried unto the Lord but remained faithful. God, still knowing he was playing with house money allowed the devil to cast disease upon Job; painful boils & blisters riddled his body. Job painfully cried unto the Lord, but still would not curse the Lord.
This is what 2020 has felt like, it seems like we have been bombarded be fret, disappointment, and sorrow. We have lost iconic and inspirational people from Kobe to RBG. We watched from our quarantined homes as the coronavirus took the lives of over 200,000 people. We witnessed wildfires rip through California claiming countless homes, and thousands of people lose their jobs because of covid cutbacks. At times it seems like as soon as we get over a financial left hook, here comes an emotional uppercut. With a proverbial lacerated eye & swollen lip, we have to keep the faith that things will get better. Job held tight to his faith in God, despite all of the pain and hardships he experienced.
Job wrestled with the facts of his life, many of us do the same. Whether we are teaching virtual classes, working from home with our children next to us, or feeling the effects of isolation due to the pandemic, we are all grappling with a new reality. I think it is imperative to push forward and pray for the best. It is normal to voice our frustrations, but we cannot allow ourselves to become fixed in that frustration.
I skipped a lot of the story, but in the end, the Lord restored everything Job lost. There was a light at the end of the tunnel for Job, and he was able to hold on long enough to see it. The grass will be greener on the other side, I cannot tell you how long it will take to get there, but as long as you do not give up, you will make it. I did not talk about it much, but we also have to surround ourselves with people that will celebrate with us when we are riding a wave and be present with us when we are walking through our valleys. 2020 has been a rough year for many people. Be thankful for the things you have, cheer for the highs, cry about the lows, and always keep moving forward. Build a support system that can roll with the punches of life. And like Big K.R.I.T said, “Thank God, and stay humble”.