On January 1, 2020 so many of us had hope, excitement, and anticipation of what the new year would bring. We made plans, set goals, and dreamed about how 2020 would be better than 2019. We said, “Happy New Year!” to each other and truly meant it.
And then March 11th happened.
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and 2020 suddenly looked very different than how we imagined it a few months earlier.
I remember hearing people say that 2020 was supposed to be the year of “perfect vision.” They were equating this to having 20/20 vision on an eye exam. After doing some research, though, I learned that 20/20 is not perfect vision, but it is considered “normal vision.”
I think we can all agree that “normal” is the last word we would use to describe 2020.
This year has been hard.
It has been full of heartache, stress, loss, and disappointments.
We have grieved a lot in 2020.
Grief changes us. It causes us to see the world differently.
2020 helped me see just how much I took for granted, especially the small moments in life...like going to the movies with friends or being able to sit with my students on our classroom carpet and see their smiles.
2020 has also helped me see that love involves sacrifice. It’s putting others before ourselves.
Sometimes love means coming together, and sometimes it means keeping our distance to protect the ones we love.
Finally, 2020 has helped me see that when we’re surrounded with uncertainty, it’s important to keep our eyes focused on the One who never changes.
God is still in control. He is still loving.
And on the days when your vision seems blurry, know that God still sees you, and He will help you take your next step. He still has perfect vision.
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