I remember the New Year’s Eve so well…how excited people were about entering a new decade; optimistic about opportunities and eager for second chances to make something worthwhile of our lives.
Those of us who are church boys and girls trooped to church as usual for the annual prayers and countdown to the new year while our party lovers counted down at the clubs and cheered with the firecrackers being thrown to the sky.
We were all thrilled for Australia as it gets to be the first country to be ushered into a new year but our excitements were cut short when news broke of wild bushfires racing in the country shortly after the beautiful fireworks. Photos that came out afterwards were heart-wrenching especially those of animals completely burnt up. I remember there were stories of food (carrots, was it?) being dropped from choppers so the surviving lot in the forests would not starve.
Then out of nowhere, news broke of the deaths of Kobe and Gigi Bryant. I doubted it at first because the website looked suspicious but when I googled it and saw TMZ’s report, I knew it had to be true. I remember asking out loud, “Oh how, I just saw photos and a video of them at the last game sitting courtside.” I didn’t know much about young Gigi but watching videos of her and her father made the grief deeper. No one can imagine how the Bryant family felt especially Vanessa, Kobe’s wife; having to lose husband and daughter at a go…but God knows best. I pray God watches over her and her three daughters.
Then before we could recover from that shock, Coronavirus hits us. Admittedly, it broke out in China late last year but no one expected it to blow out of proportion; not on such a scary scale. We all hoped it would pass, we would count our losses and move on.
Three to four months later, the novel virus has reached the shores of Ghana and as typical of us, we are reeling with panic, playing blame game and politics with it and engaging in mischievous spread of misinformation. Thousands have died across the world and most industry events have been suspended. Stocks are tumbling, cities are on lockdown and it feels like we have been drafted into another season of 24. (Where art thou, Jack Bauer?)
Aside these global mishaps, Ghana is also being hit with gory accidents resulting from head-on collisions. And guess what, we are just in the first quarter of the year. Will it get better?
I know during uncertain moments like this, anxiety is the usual response but as the Bible advises us, “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything” – Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
There is a lot we can do to stay safe but ultimately, our lives lie in the hands of our Maker. We can only ask for mercy from the pandemic threatening to bring the world on its knees and pardon for any wrongs committed.
I’m still hopeful for a great year. May it be so in Jesus name.
© Josephine Amoako 2020