By Jordan Davidson |
The world can seem dark, cruel and unfair to a lot of people. Whether it’s a natural disaster, human trafficking, or any other tragedy, there are many reasons to be frustrated with how terrible humans and the world can actually be. During times like these, when the coronavirus is rampaging the world creating a global pandemic, I often find myself thinking cynically. It’s easy to get caught up in all the bad things, but, if this pandemic has taught me anything, there are a lot of good things that can come from big, bad, scary things too.
For example, just this last week, my family’s friends paraded their cars decorated with streamers, signs, and balloons in front of our house to say hi and tell us how much they missed seeing our family during quarantine. Although the gesture seemed small and we all had to comply with social distancing recommendations, it meant a lot.
On a larger scale, Congress just passed a large bipartisan bill meant to stimulate the economy and provide Americans with financial aid during this unprecedented crisis. As a political science major, I was shocked. I can’t tell you the last time that I remember such important and influential people who hold different beliefs come together to write and pass something successfully. The exceptional and seemingly rare bipartisanship demonstrated by the people in Congress this last week restored some of my faith in the government.
On a smaller scale, my faith in humanity has grown simply because individuals are taking opportunities to choose kindness. Whether it’s more time to talk over the phone or FaceTime with friends and family, more intentional head nods and smiles when passing someone on a sidewalk at the park, or just having time to sit down and eat dinner together as a family for the first time in a long time, people seem to be more open, kinder, and readily available to help.
Being alone in times like these are especially hard, but it can present new opportunities to be creative, be productive, and rest. As a matter of fact, just a couple of months ago, I wrote an article for The Bundle about how spending time alone is valuable. Although being in quarantine means you can’t see your friends, you may not be able to graduate or walk a stage in May, and you might lose your job, it’s also times like these when people get down to what is important.
In the last few weeks, so many people around the world contacted grandparents and friends, virtually celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays, and offered opportunities for communities to thrive through online church services, happy hours, and book clubs. People saw a need, found a solution, and overcame the hardship.
Others have used their extra time to do good for each other. Whether it’s chalking driveways with encouraging messages, dropping off groceries to people in self-quarantine, or just taking the time to sit down and reflect on their lives and the people around them, they’ve found ways to be intentional during unprecedented times.
Although there’s a lot of bad things that we could be focused on right now, my faith in humanity has grown exponentially over the last few weeks. Even in hard times, people are choosing to do the right things, the good things, and help their neighbors. During these crazy times, I find comfort in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which says “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
May this pandemic teach us how to love well, learn patience, and continue to persevere.