It’s amazing how in life we tend to take all the little things for granted. The waking up to watch the sunrise, the waiting up late to see the Geminids passing by, dancing in the rain. All these things are little things that we take for granted. We always say that I will watch the sunrise tomorrow, or I’ll wait until next December to see the Geminids pass by or I’m sure it will rain again soon and then I’ll dance in the rain. The thing is, we only have so many tomorrows, and some are even taking their last breath right now. With this pandemic in full force, many of us face this harsh reality. By now, each of us know of someone who has personally had this virus, some of us might have even had the virus ourselves. Yesterday morning at 4am I was thinking about the value of things, especially the things we take for granted.

For a second I want you to imagine that a loved one of yours was in hospital, before the whole pandemic hit; how we used to phone up the hospitals to find out visiting hours and then arrange with the patient (our loved one) when we should come to visit (if we even had time to go). How we used to bring flowers with us when visiting; and little chocolates. For some, their loved ones were on their death bed, waiting to say goodbye… With this pandemic up in play…those days are long gone. I know someone personally who lost his father and he didn’t even know his dad was dead until the next day. Can you imagine not being able to say goodbye? Can you imagine how lonely that father felt in the hospital because his family couldn’t come and visit?

What about the pregnant mom who needs the love and support of her friends and family; and if she is lucky, all she gets is a little drive-by baby shower and video calls in hospital! What about the mom with a new born? Do you know how hard it is to not be able to take your little one out and show them off to friends? Do you know how hard it is to have zero support from the outside world? I mean sometimes a mom just needs to talk and have a coffee, but we are dead scared to leave the house with our babies because of this pandemic and careless people.

Do you know how hard it is to not hug or kiss your husband/wife when they get home from work because someone at work tested positive, so they keep away from you and the whole family, just in case they might get a symptom over the next few days. It’s hard not having your spouse being able to hold you in bed, or kiss you on the forehead before you wake up.

People don’t realize the value of a hug and kiss until they can’t hug and kiss their loved ones anymore!
People don’t realize the value of a smile on a bad day until the smile is hiding behind a mask!
People don’t realize the value of taking a breath until you can barely breathe because you have covid!
People don’t realize the value of eating your favourite food until you can’t taste it anymore!
People don’t realize the value of breathing in your child’s scent until you can’t smell anymore!
People don’t realize the value of grandchildren spending time with their grandparents until it’s not allowed anymore!
People don’t realize the value of family gatherings until you can’t gather anymore!
People don’t realize the value of a single touch!
People don’t realize the value of going on a date until a curfew has been put into place!
People don’t realize the value of going to work until you have to work from home or even worse, lose your job because of covid!
People don’t realize the value of hope for the future until they are forced to live day by day! No plans for the future!
People don’t realize the value of your annual holiday until you can’t go on holiday anymore!
People don’t realize the value of breathing freely until they have a mask on their face the whole day!
Do you remember when we couldn’t order a pizza on a Friday night because all fast food outlets were shut down?
People don’t realize the value of worshipping in church or socialising after church until you have to worship online!
People don’t realize the value of taking your kids to the park or a movie until you can’t anymore!

We have taken so many things for granted, things we thought had zero value, until it was taken from us! Our normal mundane lives weren’t so normal and mundane after all…

When our president speaks, it’s like his speech falls upon deaf ears with the majority. People don’t understand why it’s important to wear a mask or sanitize their hands until it’s too late and they are lying in a hospital bed on ventilators.
People don’t realize why it’s important to wear a mask and sanitize until they have infected a loved one with underlying diseases and now you are planning their funeral where you may not have more than 50 people at…

I’m just saying, if we all do our part…in time we won’t have to ponder about the value of things and we will take each moment and cherish it. We will be grateful for the small things and the big things.

Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
1 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves to the Lords sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,”
Titus3:1 “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,”
Romans 13:5 “Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”

We need to listen to our President, whether we agree with him or not, at the end of the day lives will be saved if we all do our part and God will be pleased that we are following his teachings and showing others what it’s like to be called children of God!

Remember and stay safe!