Inside Out

Today’s post has been kindly written by Lydia from Youth for Christ:

At the beginning of March when it looked like we were heading towards lockdown my sister made the very wise decision, like many others, to invest in Disney+. Throughout lockdown we have been making our way through all our childhood favourites.

The other day I was watching one of my favourite Disney Pixar films, Inside Out. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about an 11 year old girl called Riley, whose family moves to San Francisco leaving behind her life and friends in Minnesota. She and her five core emotions, Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness, struggle to cope with her new life. Her parents encourage her to be the happy, smiling girl that she has always been but in the midst of change and uncertainty, Riley struggles with this and struggles to deal with the mix of emotions that she is feeling.

As I watched this film, it struck me that we also find ourselves in a time of change and great uncertainty and, maybe just like Riley, we are struggling to cope with all the different emotions we are feeling all at once – overwhelmed by the news we see everyday, the sadness we feel because we miss and lose loved ones, fear of what our futures might look like and so many other feelings. It also struck me how okay it is to have these feelings, that how in the midst of a pandemic it is very natural that we would be feeling a lot of things all at once and it’s okay to take some time to process how we feel.

Urban Dictionary has released a new phrase to sum up this feeling, they call it a ‘Coronacoaster’:

The truth is that we are living in uncertain and overwhelming times and it is okay to feel all the emotions that you are feeling. Give yourself the space and time to feel the emotions.

Remember that you are not alone, and there is a God who cares for you. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 that we can cast all of our cares onto God because he cares for us. He cares how you are feeling, the good, the bad and everything in between. Isaiah 43:2 reminds us that God is always with us, even when we are going through the deep waters, even when we are overwhelmed by our emotions and the world around us. God is with us. God is with you.

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