by Catherine H. Dignaran
When I first heard about the ECQ lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I really felt worried and afraid for the welfare of my family, my husband Joel, and especially for my two sons Jacob Christian,10 and Carl Jeric, 6.
Ms. Dignaran while being a teacher to her two sons Jacob and Carl during the ECQ.
I am also worried for my students as I am currently working as a grade school teacher at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. There were a lot of questions in my heart and in my mind, a lot of whys and hows.
One time, I came across this Bible verse: “When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy!” (Psalm 94:19).
Through the help of my friends and family in Couples for Christ (CFC), I was able to gain my confidence and trust in God again. I realized that it is normal to feel afraid and worried, knowing that we have an unseen enemy, the killer coronavirus.
My best weapon now is the power of prayer. I believe that God is really calling, reaching, and touching our hearts and souls to finally pause for a while and to really “take time” to reflect on our actions as humans.
Now is the time of love, mercy and compassion through our good deeds. Most of our good deeds go unnoticed and unmarked by others. Sometimes, even we ourselves fail to notice or remember the majority of the good deeds we do. But not God. God sees them all, knows them all, and uses them all.
We will see how a kind word resonates in a person’s heart even days and weeks later. We will see how that small amount of money was used to accomplish something amazing. Indeed, God does not always change our situation but He uses the situation to change us.