Coronavirus and how it impacts our daily life can look very different across the nation depending on your age, life stage, and geographic location. But many of us are preparing now to send our kids back to school—or, if we’re teachers, to head back to school ourselves.
Some schools are virtual only, some are five days a week, and some (like ours) are a hybrid where kids go two days and learn virtually the rest of the week until a normal schedule is safe to resume. Either way, we’re thinking through what this looks like practically.
For example: How can I get my kid to wear a mask reliably all day… and where can I find a mask comfortable enough to ensure this?
How can I get my socially deprived child, who hasn’t seen her friends regularly in five months, to keep a six-foot distance?
What about washing hands? Do I need to make a hand sanitizer lanyard for him to wear around his neck so he can remember more easily? (Please. No.)
All this is beyond the other concerns, such as who stays with Sweet Kiddo on virtual days, while I’m at the office? How does Kiddo get to school? What happens if a classmate gets sick?
A lot of these answers aren’t easy, nor are they yet fully known. But there is one answer that’s a given no matter what: God will bring good into this situation somehow, some way.
Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (NIV).
In the meantime, as Christian believers, we can hold fast to faith. We can cling to the knowledge that everything truly will turn out great, whether now in our earthy lives or in heaven.
And we can do what the apostle Paul urges in Ephesians 6:11: Be ready by putting on the full armor of God.
We can buckle the belt of truth around our waist, fasten the breastplate of righteousness, take up the shield of faith and sword of God’s holy word, stand ready on feet fitted through the gospel of peace, and pray—always (Ephesians 6:14-18).
And then, with that peace and hope in our hearts, knowing we belong to the Almighty One and Only God of All Creation, we can walk forth courageously.
This fall will likely be different. We don’t know exactly how everything will work out. But that’s OK—because we are God’s children. And He always provides.
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