By Chantal Bashal

It was Saturday, March 14th last year, when I first heard that Rwanda had diagnosed the first Covid-19 case. At the time I didn’t take much time to think about what was going on or what would come next.

We got into lockdown unexpectedly, and in my heart I just thought it was just a break they were giving me and may be after two weeks I would get back to work as well as to church.

Unfortunately, things became worse when I lost my work for almost eight months, and places of worship got closed. That wasn’t a good sign to a Christian who used to go to fellowship every Sunday, and I’m telling you I started to learn more about what I was seeing.

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me that fellowship doesn’t happen in the church building only. I learned to have time with God wherever I could be, I’ve learned that God can still save his people even when they don’t come to the church.

Some of us used to invite non-believers to our churches hoping that they might get to repent and be saved once the pastor preached, but it’s during the pandemic that I learned that ministry was beyond inviting someone to church.

It’s that very consuming and desperate time that I’ve learned that God still speaks to his people even when they don’t get a way to go to church. The Covid-19 pandemic taught me that I can still have good time with God even when things go wrong, that the personal fellowship with God was all that matters, not just material things.

I’ve learned that my relationship with God doesn’t definitely depend on how much I go to church. As a Christian I learned that I still can depend upon God alone even when it doesn’t make sense!

While there was a chaotic situation around the world, I prayed to God and said: God I still want to grow in you even if it’s like I don’t see how, because I am coming to realize that God will remain God even when things get to their worst.

The pandemic taught me to share the little I have with others because I noticed that tomorrow was never sure. I’ve learned that in the blink of an eye things can turn upside down like, therefore Christians should remain humble and know they are pilgrims in this roller-coaster ride of earthly life.

As I come to an end, I would encourage all believers to always prepare for the after-life, than focusing on worldly things that can fade away just in the blink of an eye. The Bible says in John:4:3 But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers.

So we don’t have to wait for pastors to remind us that we need God. We have to seek His face daily not because the pastors told us or things fall into place, we don’t need to wait for churches to be open to remember that we need to fellowship with God, because we have now seen that anytime churches might be put a padlock. Christians need to be generous not only in hard times, but because the world has many tired people, and tomorrow is not promised. I pray God to teach us to number our days that we may cultivate and bring to the Lord a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90).