COVID-19 has been affecting the lives of people around the world. We see the negative effects from lockdowns and on social media, we see xenophobic comments. For me, however, not only is this pandemic giving me a negative effect, it also gives me a positive effect and something to think about. When the quarantine started, all I could think of was being out of school and being in a state of boredom. We are 2-3 weeks in quarantine and I will say that it is one of the most bittersweet events that ever happened in my life. Not being able to go out, go to school and hang out with my friends sucks, but quarantine also gave me a chance to be closer to my family. I do a lot of extra-curricular activities in school and outside of school. I go to piano lessons, cadets, work, improv and rehearsing for the school’s musical. I barely had time for my family and we barely ate together because everyone is busy. My parents go off to work and we barely interact with each other because of that. That is why quarantine got me thinking about being able to be with my family now that everybody is home most of the time. We get to watch movies together, eat together, and even play games together. That is why I am planning to be more involved with my family even after this quarantine because being able to be close with my family is the best feeling in the world. I am planning to give more time to my family.
At the end of this pandemic, everyone should realize that everything is important. Every person in our lives is important. Every blessing in our lives is important. We should be thankful of what we have in this moment because we do not know what will happen in the future. Everyone in the world should take advantage of everything they have because one crisis can ruin or take that away. We should be thankful for our family and friends because one day, we might not be able to see them for a while. We should be thankful of the places we go to, because one day, we might not be able to go. We should be thankful for the activities we do, because one day, we might not be able to do those things. I hope that after this pandemic, we are more thankful for those who are willing to die for the world to be saved, because one day we might not be able to thank them. And lastly, we should be thankful to God, because we might not see that He is working in times like this, but as long as you have faith, you will be saved! “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”(Acts 16:31)
Noah and Moses had faith. Therefore, they were saved. Noah and his family believed in God so they were saved from the flood. And then, Moses and his people had faith in God, therefore they were saved from slavery. This is nothing different from what we are experiencing right now, amidst the Coronavirus. As long as we believe in God, we will be saved. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6)