WE ARE LIVING IN THE MIDST OF A MODERN DAY Y2K!
You guys. This is a photo of a few members of my family (and me…I used an arrow just in case you have no idea what 17 year old me looked like) back in the day. It was New Years Eve, 1999.
That’s right….the night before the dreaded year 2000. Or as it was more commonly referred to: Y2K.
I honestly don’t even remember what the fuss was about because this was during a time when nobody really had cell phones and the internet was brand new to most Americans.
I think there were rumors that computers wouldn’t be able to handle the change over from 1999 to 2000 numerically and basically the entire world would become a great, big chaotic mess.
My grandma (the one directly behind me in the photo) was FOR SURE convinced (because Art Bell told her so) that this was the end of the world. Everybody else just wanted to be together to play games, eat food and feel safe, just *in case*.
Nevertheless, there we were, determined to live (or die) together that night. We took a picture, I guess, to commemorate the experience.
I’m really glad my mom had the forethought to forever freeze in time on film the moment that we all thought maybe the world would end.
Honestly, we look pretty happy and unbothered about it.
I remember there being a lot of panic in the news, but there really was no mainstream social media (unless you count AOL Instant Messenger, but I only used that for flirting with boys).
I wasn’t personally afraid or anxious though, because it wasn’t blatantly in my face and on my feed 24/7, like the COVID-19 is today.
If you want the honest truth, at that time I was more concerned that I’d possibly never see my boyfriend again and was probably upset with my mom for not letting me be with him that night because…. well, I was 17 guys….
All of this to say, we are in a modern day Y2K situation right now.
It’s COVID-19 hysteria. But it’s 1,000 times worse because people are actually getting sick and dying, it’s not just speculation.
Schools are closing, business are shut down, churches are streaming online instead of meeting in person and don’t even get me started on the toilet paper shortage in the grocery stores. Which, I don’t understand since diarrhea isn’t even a symptom of the Coronavirus. But I digress.
People are LOSING their minds. We all know that.
Maybe you’re one of those people who is deep in their own anxiety and panic for one reason or another. Even though the media for sure perpetuates that fear, the reality is that people are still getting sick and dying.
There’s always a big juicy “but” in my blog posts …..
Jesus said in John 10:10 that:
“10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
I believe that whatever situation you are in –
whether it’s losing money from your job being shut down, frantically searching for childcare, unsure of whether or not you or a loved one will catch this terrible COVID-19, maybe you are even suffering from Coronavirus yourself-
…the enemy only wants to steal your joy and your hope, kill your peace, destroy your lives and invade your minds.
He wants us to waste the free time we have by binge-watching television instead of sitting and playing games with our families.
He wants us to stress over these dire times instead of running to Jesus for peace and direction.
Jesus wants us to have life, and have it to the full.
That means ministering to those around us who are in need.
That means spending much needed time with our loved ones.
That means resting and relaxing in His presence as a welcome release from our non-stop, overwhelming, anxiety causing schedules.
Even if your life doesn’t slow down, even if your home life is something you’d rather be away from, use this time to wisely reflect. Use this time to get closer to your Creator.
We don’t know what’s going to happen. It could get better. It could get worse.
All I’m saying is, treat each day as if it’s the night before the year 2000. The night before the “end of the world”.
Walk in God’s calling for your life ONE DAY AT A TIME and walk in the fullness of life that Jesus has called us to.
Lastly, don’t panic. Hug those you love. Pray for those you don’t.
At the end of the day, I survived Y2K.
So can you.