This afternoon, as I was driving back from the little cafe in town with my iced mocha (and a cookie for my daughter), Doris Kearns Goodwin came on the radio. I always perk up when I hear her name, because when I was a kid, I did theater with her son. I can remember the Goodwins coming to the shows and chatting with my parents. I didn't know at the time that they were "famous"!
Goodwin said something today that settled on me like a weight. She said something like: "What's truly hard about this pandemic time, is that we don't know how it will end. We can't say that in four months everything will be fine. We can't see the end."
YEAH. It's obvious, but true. We can't see the end. And we don't know what will happen. We can't plan, because we don't know what school or church or travel or work will look like in January, much less in May.
We are slogging along, without a timeline. That is a psychological burden that most of us are not used to, and it can leave us feeling off-kilter and drained.
But we WILL look back on this time at some point! Although we cannot see the end, there will be an end! We will come out the other side changed - hopefully for the better.
Let us remember Psalm 46 that I read in Prayer Circle this morning:
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change...