When 2020 began, no one ever thought or dreamt of such a thing called Coronavirus or COVID-19. No one ever dreamt that churches as places of worship, businesses, companies, etc would be closed and people would have to worship or stay at home.
No one ever knew that such words as lockdown, palliative, face mask, physical and social distancing, virtual, and zoom would become everyday words, and no one ever assumed that a virus could bring so much fear.
We shall hereby review what happened during the lockdown in a manner to learn from the experience.
1. People had to stay at home
- 1 1. People had to stay at home
- 2 2. Rules and regulations
- 3 3. Families got to know one another better
- 4 4. Too much free time
- 5 5. Talents and heroes were born and discovered
- 6 6. Creativity in action
- 7 7. People had become more internet compliant
- 8 8. Too much information
- 9 9. The Gospel in every area
- 10 Conclusion
The State and the Federal Government gave mandatory stay-at-home orders to the citizens in some places, while in other places, the movement was restricted. This was hard due to many things. Some people did not have food at home, while others had the food but not the discipline to stay.
Others were ignorant of what was happening in the world and so felt that the government was going against their fundamental human rights.
Action Questions: The questions to ask everyone are: How did you behave during a lockdown? What signals did you give to your wards and children? Was it that you were above the law? Or that you were disciplined to obey the law?
2. Rules and regulations
The government gave guidelines for people to follow such as washing hands frequently, using sanitizer, staying at home and social/physical distancing. Others were: avoiding touching your face, cleaning homes up to the door knobs, do not take any undue risk, staying safe, etc.
Action Questions: How easy was it to obey these rules? Were you able to follow them? How easy was it to wash your hands with no running water? Were you able to improvise? Were you able to teach the children and teenagers in your house? Are you still observing these precautions?
3. Families got to know one another better
People who had not stayed together for such a long time under one roof now had to stay together. Parents got to know their children and children got to know their parents better, even spouses. Some children started doing house chores while others learned how to cook.
For other children (and some spouses), it was not a positive experience as there was domestic violence in some homes and there was nowhere to go. Some people were raped and sexually/emotionally/verbally abused.
Action Questions: What kind of experience did you have? Was it good or bad?
4. Too much free time
After the first week, it was common to hear “I am bored, there is nothing to do. I am not used to staying at home like this.” Even, where there was work to do, the absence of a power supply made it hard. Therefore, some people who should have worked could not and then became frustrated.
Some people took to indoor activities and outdoor activities such as gardening (where they had gardens) and exercise. Some people made the most of the excess free time to sleep and relax. Some people worked and completed unfinished assignments.
Action Questions: What did you do? What would you do better if another lockdown happened?
5. Talents and heroes were born and discovered
There is a saying when the going gets tough, the tough get going. That was the case with the lockdown period. After the people got stabilized, they started doing things. Talents began to shine; they were either born or discovered.
Action Questions: What talents did you discover? Are you using and developing them?
6. Creativity in action
People started to design new things. Some people wrote books and some started doing things they had put off. Young people read books, did things within their interests and children played at home. Also, old people did things they had always wanted to do.
Action-oriented people have things to show that this particular thing is what “I did for the months they stayed at home.
Action Questions: What do you have to show? What did you do that showed you were productive during the lockdown time?
7. People had become more internet compliant
Many people and businesses did their work or businesses on online or on the Internet since there was the lockdown. Also, many pastors or Imams put their messages online using different social media platforms or zoom.
This was hard a bit for churches that were not Internet compliant. However, I know of a few who recorded their Sunday school class for others to go through. Many families had their Sunday school lesson at home allocating a Sunday school leader.
What does that mean? Those who did not purchase a Sunday school manual at the beginning of the year could not participate during the lockdown since there was no movement. It is quite unfortunate!
Action Questions: Do you know how to use the Internet? Can you work online?
8. Too much information
During the lockdown, especially the week before Easter, there was a lot of news about the virus. Some were very frightening, up to the extent it created fear in children and teenagers and to be truthful, even in adults.
Once a person had a cough or a fever, it was assumed they had caught the virus. Everyone is a suspect of being a carrier, one lovely sister told me. Therefore, people were no longer free from one another.
Action Questions: How did you see people around you at that time? Were you careful or you did not care and it was business as usual? Were you very frightened or your faith in God was able to help you not to be afraid?
9. The Gospel in every area
Due to the Internet explosion, the gospel was preached by many people. Many pastors and Muslim leaders rose to the occasion to get their messages out in the digital space. People and organizations did Internet conferences.
People participated in online Bible Studies. As people got used to the situation, they started thinking of things to do and where to do them. Music ministers composed songs that were relevant for the moment; they went viral, blessed people’s lives, and built up faith.
Action Questions: What lesson(s) did you learn from the lockdown? Are you still prepared for any sudden occurrences?
The major lesson we learned from the past lockdown was that we should always be prepared at all times because there may be sudden occurrences. We also learned how to adapt, comport ourselves and readjust.