A Lockdown Story:
By: Theresa Onyilo
To start with, the lockdown met me in a far away land where I was sent to serve my dear country. 😊
Away from my siblings and my lovely family. When the whole CoronaVirus news started flying in the air I was frightened. I spent the first few days reminiscing on how things have changed so drastically within a twinkle of an eye. For the first time in my life I saw the emptiness of life evident in the emptiness of our streets . I heard the sound of silence echoing ceaselessly in my head. As I looked through my window, I wondered how a single virus could place the entire world at a halt, forcing the weak and the strong to retreat without the sound of war. Many times I wept whenever I read the death tolls on the news and said some silent prayers for the souls of the deceased as well as their loved ones, hoping that this virus would leave humanity alone.
I hoped so strongly that life would return to normal, but gradually, I came to understand that as homo sapiens, we have the power to create normality from abnormalities and that somewhat comforted me.
When it first started, I felt there was no big deal since I’m used to staying indoors.
I said to myself ” I would only miss going to church and school”. I was so hopeful that things would get back to normal in a matter of 14 days. Little did I know that it wasn’t as easy as I thought.
In about one week, I was getting tired already.
How I missed the presence of my students around me. I missed the sounds they made. Their running around and their child-like show of love.
But on the other hand, Seeing that God has granted me the serenity I had always longed for through the lock down as a result of COVID-19, I made up my mind to make the best of this priceless opportunity.
Then I wrote a list of all I wanted to achieve during the lockdown.
First, I made a decision to device a stronger means of communicating with God in order to better my walk with Him and gratefully, I was able to achieve this through an online prayer session tagged ” prophetic morning ” with Rev. Oyiks Alfred. The prayer time was 3:00am every morning via an organized conference call for the first one week, then it became a weekly activity.
After which I began an online Bible study challenge with my friends on What’sapp. With this, I can state boldly that although the lock down brought about the close down of churches but on the other hand, it opened up new channels an entirely new ways for God to reach out to His people.
Secondly, during this lock down, I read one of the most influencing books in my life; it’s titled “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck.
Although the book talks about many interesting topics around life, my breakthrough emanated from the page focusing on how to kill procrastination.
Life is indeed too short to procrastinate.
As I ponder upon the entire COVID-19 saga, one thing kept jumping into my heard.
It is the certainty of uncertainties. Life is characterized by so much unpredictable events. So, the lockdown down has taught me to always include uncertainty as an option whenever there is a need to make plans. This is not a sign of lack of faith. It is the recognition of our fate as humans and the acceptance of some of the hard truths about life.
In all, the lockdown down has helped me to realize that nobody is too poor to give. I have learnt aside from sharing my food with the needy, I can also share my time. Hence, I set out two hours everyday to offer voluntary lesson to an only child of a single mother who lives not too far from my lodge and I am thankful to God for helping to help others.
To me, this lockdown is a blessing in disguise and an eye opener to a lot of things I would have never known should the world remain normal. I have found normality in an abnormal situation.
Thank you so much Eden, for giving me this rare privilege despite all and all.
A Note From Eden: Dear Theresa,
“Wow!” Was the first word that flew out of my mouth after reading your story. I can only but call it brilliance in depths. DEPTHS. The depths of the beauty that flows from your heart. The depths of your maturity in its length and breadth. The depth of your empathy in critical times like this. And the very depths of this brilliance boxed in the simplicity of cherished moments. Thank you for sharing your truth with us at Express-Shun. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.