One of the most interesting things about life is that how we endure our circumstances is very much a matter of perspective. There is always more than one way to frame or look at a situation, and our perception has a great deal to do with how we process what we face. Naturally, this holds true during the challenges of COVID-19 and the many ways in which it is impacting our daily lives. While I can’t change your perspective, I can offer you some words of encouragement that may help, so I’m going to revisit something that I preached on last year: becoming anti-fragile. Envision a box of highly valuable crystal champagne flutes, wrapped up tightly and sealed for shipping. On the outside of the box, a big red label is affixed that identifies them as “fragile.” If I asked you what the opposite of those highly delicate objects are, what would you say? If you’re like me, you might immediately think of something strong and tough like a bowling ball or a baseball, both of which are very difficult to destroy. However, the essence of anti-fragility is actually not something indestructible from the start, but something that improves the more it’s handled, beat up, and tossed around. Imagine an amazing champagne glass that repairs itself if broken, comes back stronger, and then multiplies — that’s what it means to be anti-fragile.
My friend, in this season of change and uncertainty, you have a unique opportunity to become anti-fragile. This is not an attempt to deny the gravity of the situation, but rather an encouragement to build your resolve on the inside. As a Christian, you stand on the unchanging Rock who undergirds the world with His strength, and He has given you the unique ability to thrive in adversity and to grow stronger through it. Embrace the inconvenience and welcome the discomfort, knowing that you were made for this time. There is nothing He brings you to that He will not see you through, and even if you walk through the darkest valley, He will be with you to strengthen, encourage and make you more like Him.