Quarantine in the Czech Republic has not been as strict as it has been in some other countries. We can still go to the shops and for walks outside. Many people have lost their jobs or are working from home while also looking after their children, but we are praising God that our country does not have very many cases. As a student in the midst of finishing my final year, the pandemic hasn’t affected me that much. I am preparing for exams and writing my thesis; I would be at home anyway during exam season.

Nevertheless, I am still affected by all of the cancellations, and the unknown of what is to come. I am in my final year of University and my plan was to finish placement, write my thesis, pass the final exam, and get married. Though my plans haven’t changed even through this quarantine and cancelling of many events, I am unsure about how everything will work out.

On one of the first days of quarantine, I was reminded of this verse from Psalm 33:10:

“The Lord frustrates the decisions of the nations; he nullifies the plans of the peoples.”

This verse always seemed quite cruel to me. This is not the God I know. But this time I read it differently. God frustrating our plans is not some sort of punishment. It is simply a fact. How many people, nations and governments have had to change their plans recently?

When I was thinking about how to update my bridesmaids on our wedding plans, considering we cannot progress in any way, I wanted to say our wedding depended on the coronavirus.

I realized that that was a lie. I am not in the hands of the coronavirus. I am in God’s hands! This is the truth I want to proclaim!

The verse in Psalm 33 continues, “The Lord’s decisions stand forever; his plans abide throughout the ages.”

Nobody knows what is to come, but the plans of the Lord’s wonderful heart are for all generations. This is an encouragement to me and I hope it may also be an encouragement to you today.

Kristyna Cihakova,

Czech Language Brach Team – Czech Republic

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