2020 Without 20/20

COVID-19. No one saw this coming.

2019 had a lot of hardships for many people. I dealt with two cancer scares, my parents almost died in a terrible car accident, my dad almost died from a clot in his lung, and I had to have an unexpected cardiac work-up. Granted, all is well but 2019 felt like a very long year.

We all looked forward to Jan 1, 2020 with feelings of hope and joy for what was coming.

But no one saw this coming.

Death looms around the corner. Hope has been crushed by an extended quarantine. Joy is at a stand-still as COVID-19 cases rise.

The desire for 20/20 in 2020 has now developed into complete blindness. We flail our arms in hope of a light switch, we stagger forward trying not to fall, and we cry out asking for someone to help.

You know who else didn’t see disaster coming? Job.

Job was a man of wealth, status, and many children. In the blink of an eye, he lost all 10 children, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 oxen, 500 donkeys, and numerous servants. Just…like…that. Then, he developed painful sores from head to toe.

His spirit was broken and he thought he was going to die. He grieved and suffered.

But Job decided to keep his vision on God’s purpose and power. He prayed to God and “the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 NIV.

2020 is without 20/20. No one saw this coming.

I’ve lost patients along the years. Some have died unexpectedly. Some died after a few years of receiving a terminal illness diagnosis. I never saw it coming.

So what do we do? How do we see without seeing?

We don’t. We’re not meant to see.

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

As a PA in a pandemic, I can’t see whats coming but I know that God sees it all from beginning to end. I treat my patients to the best of my ability, without worry, because I know that God will take care of the things I can’t see.

COVID-19. No one saw that coming, except God.

I pray that in a time of walking blindly, we walk with God. I pray that in a time of weakness, we remember the strength of our creator God. And I pray that although we’ve lost our 20/20 vision for 2020, we don’t lose the vision of a God who parted the seas, a God who helped a shepard boy kill a giant, and the vision of a God who walks ahead for us, clearing the way, ready to replenish what we lost by double.

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