Coronavirus and the Unknown

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… Just a few thoughts

I had a separate post ready for today, but last night I had a few thoughts I couldn’t shake that might be worth sharing and ultimately, hopefully, encouraging!

I live in Florida and have been here all my life. I’m no stranger to a “State of Emergency” and have weathered (no pun intended) hurricane season year after year. That eerie feeling of a looming apocalypse is something we’ve grown to expect as seasoned Floridans – stores looking bare, schools closing, not knowing when or what or how bad things will be. That underlying buzz of wide-spread panic. But we get through it, together.

On the other hand, I’ve also experienced the very real fear of sickness. In 2018 when Ryan was going through chemo, his white blood cell count dropped dangerously low. So low, all of the medical professionals were a bit freaked out. We were told to quarantine ourselves for the foreseeable future. I could not get sick for fear of giving it to Ryan and Ryan could not get sick because odds were not remotely in his favor. At the very least it would force a pause in his treatment. We left that chemo treatment with a bag of medical masks, hand sanitizer, a list of safe foods, and strict orders not leave the house. I remember walking in the door, getting Ryan into bed, and sitting on the couch by myself as the tears just fell. I was already so overwhelmed and now, this. My anxiety for safety went through the roof. I wiped, re-wiped, and bleached everything in sight. Friends and family members had to stay away and would drop meals on our doorstep. No one was allowed inside until we got his white blood cells back up, it was incredibly lonely and, at times, extremely frightening. But we got through it, together.

The current reality we are facing is neither of these things and both of these things.

I’m by no means equating hurricanes and cancer to coronavirus (I’m not a doctor or a meteorologist). All I’m doing is pointing out the common dominator, fear of the unknown.

And from someone who has a PhD in all things fear, I will say that over the years I have spent a lot of time working on re-shaping my thoughts, because, truthfully, fear has never gotten me anywhere. In fact, it keeps me completely stationary. What has always made a difference is knowing the facts (whatever little they may be), making an educated/prayerful decision, and moving forward in faith. I can only prepare for what I know, whether that’s moving all of the furniture inside because a 140 mph storm is headed our way, or being extra diligent with protecting our loved ones and keeping germs at bay.

All of that to say, I know that when I feel fear it is okay – it sparks action. But when I sit in fear, it sparks nothing. My prayer is that we will be able to link arms (figuratively, let’s not touch, okay?! 😉 ), encourage one another, wash our hands, know facts, be smart, and…. we’ll get through it, together.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

P.S. Also just know I will always keep this a happy place on the internet, things can get tough, but you can always count on this little corner to be a bright spot! But since a lot of my readers are in high-risk areas at the momement, I wanted you to know how much I am thinking and praying for you as we all walk through this together. xoxo

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28 Comments

  1. Mary Ann Elgin
    March 13, 2020 / 11:20 am

    Thank you for your words & the verse that hopefully calm many.

  2. Nancy
    March 13, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    Well said!

  3. Kimberly
    March 13, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing!!!❤️
    Kimberly

    • March 13, 2020 / 2:13 pm

      You are so sweet! Thank you Kimberly!

      xo

  4. Wanda
    March 13, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    Well said.

  5. Mimi
    March 13, 2020 / 2:20 pm

    Thank you for this lovely post, Ashley. I appreciate what you’ve shared today.
    I grew up in Earthquake country California and remember the 10/19/89 Earthquake well.
    You’re completely right when you remind us readers, that we will get through this as long as we do not sit in fear and let it cause us to be stuck in fear — doing nothing proactive. Have a lovely weekend…..

    • March 13, 2020 / 3:23 pm

      Mimi, thank you for your sweet comment. And yes, we will get through it together! xx

  6. Shari Keen
    March 13, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    You are such a ray of light and wisdom, Ashley! Thank you for these so well expressed words!

  7. Sandra S
    March 13, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    I live in earthquake and fire storm prone Southern California. I’ve abandoned listening to the news because it is one dire crisis after another. Look what main stream media has done. The grocery stores in my area are packed with people. The shelves are stripped bare. The atmosphere is tense. I turned around, walked back to my car, and drove home. Forget my weekly shopping. Merely reading the words virus, panic and pandemic cause me to feel anxious.

    I’m grateful for your sensible words of wisdom. They are a beacon of reason in the midst of the panic and chaos swirling around us. Your blog is an oasis from the drama.

    I will cling to 1 Peter 5:7, thank you for sharing it.

    • March 15, 2020 / 4:38 pm

      Sandra! Thinking of you, and yes… rest on 1 Peter 5:7!

  8. Melissa
    March 13, 2020 / 7:06 pm

    Beautiful and true Ashley!! Psalm 91

    xoxo,
    Melissa

  9. Amanda
    March 13, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    Ashley,
    Thank you so much for writing this and blessing others with your words. You are absolutely a beacon of light. ~Amanda

    • March 15, 2020 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you for your sweet note Amanda! xx

  10. Mary Beth
    March 13, 2020 / 7:26 pm

    This was such a sweet post. Things seem to be ramping up here in Ohio. Colleges moved classes online this week. K-12 schools are closed for 3 weeks. Our daycare closed. Stores are sold out of toilet paper, sanitizer, and some foods. It’s weird….I’m not used to hurricane prep! Lol. It’s easy to get swept up in panic as people spread what they’ve heard but it doesn’t do any good. Here’s hoping for the best these next few weeks.

    • March 15, 2020 / 4:39 pm

      Yes!! Don’t panic, just be safe! 🙂 Praying for peace for you, friend. xoxo

  11. Charity
    March 14, 2020 / 9:46 pm

    Great post. Always helps to remember that we have a good God we can trust with our fears and anxieties. Ultimately all is within His control!

  12. Mimi
    March 15, 2020 / 10:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! Through all of the news alerts, panic and fear ridden notices this is so refreshing to read. It can be so easy to fall into a fearful mindset but so freeing when we have faith, while washing hands, etc. 🙂 and to know that through all of this God is still God and we can give all of our worries to him!

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