Our Covid Story…

Wednesday Wisdom πŸ™‚

Inspiration this week comes from Proverbs 3: 5

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”

Covid-19 found our family over the holidays. Meg was the first to decide that she didn’t feel very well. Ashley Grace and Matt were quick to follow. For the girls, it started with a sore throat and headache that came and went for days before escalating into full-fledged illness. As it progressed, they got pretty sick and we realized that it wasn’t just a cold. Matt was blessed and experienced a much milder infection. Honestly, if the girls hadn’t gotten so sick I’m not sure that we would have realized that Matt had Covid. All three of them rounded out the journey with a loss of taste and smell. Karyn and I ended up moving into the basement and wearing our masks all the time. As the other three came out of isolation at the end of their illness, Karyn and I both tested negative with neither of us developing any symptoms.

It was a strange time. A time with lots of uncertainty as we navigated sickness in addition to testing, CDC guidelines, and trying to figure out how to be a good neighbor. Β For me, these same days were also filled with moments when my heart swelled with gratitude as I watched God take care of us – little things each day that kept hope and peace in my heart, and inspired us to move forward in faith. Β I spent time in prayer, and walked lots of miles with both my family and our dogs. I am a firm believer that each day requires the “3 F’s”: faith, fresh air and fitness. “Coach Anne” melded with “Mama Anne” and Team Burkholder held it together.

There were many things over the course of the adventure that were unclear and perhaps even confusing.

  • Where did Meg get exposed to the bug?
  • Why did the older girls get much sicker than Matt?
  • Why did Karyn and I remain healthy?
  • Why was Meg’s testing experience inconsistent and more complicated than the rest of ours?

I could go on with the list, but what I learned over the past two weeks was that my own understanding, that human understanding, was not going to materialize. Our family has more questions than answers regarding Covid-19 even after going through the experience. The folks from the Nebraska Health Department were awesome to work with and super kind and patient with us, but they added to the list of questions rather than providing answers to ours. We are a house full of intellectuals. Truly, each of the five of us could easily be called “a nerd”. As my brain kicked in filling itself with “why’s”, I quickly realized that I needed to be intentional about “God’s Part, My Part, Other’s Part”.Β  As I did that, it became clear to me that I could trust in the Lord with all my heart instead of depending on my own understanding.

I spent a significant portion of my early adult life fighting against my need for Jesus. At critical times, I chose to stiff arm the faith that I felt in my heart in order to try to persevere on my own. I am so very thankful that I don’t do that anymore as this “covid journey” would have been much, much harder.

Recently, someone asked me why Jesus matters to me. The answer is simple: my life is better with Him. He makes me different. No matter what this earth throws at me, it’s better with Jesus. He’s my coach. He’s my Savior. He brings me hope as He carries me through this life and prepares me for Heaven.

I’ve found peace as I realized that I don’t have to understand, I just need to trust in the One that does πŸ™‚



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11 responses to “Our Covid Story…

  1. Becky SADDLER

    I’m sorry you experiences Covid at your house, but so thankful it turned out the way it did. Enjoy your 3 F’s today; it’s going to be beautiful!
    Thank you for another great message!

  2. Roger Hunt

    So glad you all are on the mend!! Hope it continues to avoid you and Karyn! Sending love and continued prayers.β€πŸ™

  3. Mike Wolff

    Blessings to you all. This message is very inspiring in the face of all that has transpired lately. Trust in the lord is always the best answer and one that eases our hearts and mind. Have a beautiful 2021.

  4. You never received an ‘F’ in your life, and now you have three of them! I’m glad everyone is on the mend. Faith is required.

    … Awesome is a nerd?

    • Yes, Awesome got the nerd gene as well. She loves physics and chemistry, and has a brain like her dad’s πŸ™‚

      We are all healed up and doing well. Good to hear from you!

  5. theranchwifechronicles

    Good Morning, Ann!

    Thank you for sharing your COVID story. From reading your account, we have similar views on the virus. Your comment and concern about your “neighbors” tells me a lot.

    I am glad your family is healthy again.

    Jim and I have been very cautious and lucky thus far. Jim has been tested 3 times and all 3 negative.

    Your faithfulness and love for Jesus is inspiring.

    God Be with You, Robyn.

    • Robyn,

      So awesome to hear from you! I am thankful that you and Jim are doing well. You all are in my thoughts and prayers πŸ™‚

      Take care,

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