We have just gone through the COVID-19 Portal that has transported us with lightning speed into a new world.
When you read that statement, where does your heart settle? Does it pine longingly for the days gone by? Are you looking forward to the return of normal? The interesting thing about the COVID-19 Portal, is that it’s a one-way portal. It is a phenomenon that has shifted your business, your community and the world. It seems that we are left without an anchor to anything we knew before. Additionally, the environment is very unstable for all of us world-wide.
It is the first time in the history of recorded pandemics that government agencies are isolating those who are not sick.
Each county and state has the authority to create their own reentry plans, creating discombobulated management policy updates for businesses.
The government can’t seem to keep up with its own changes, even sending stimulus checks to people who are deceased while revamping the PPP forgiveness guidelines six times since this writing.
Conspiracy theories abound and business owners must decide how much to pay attention to them as fact or fiction as they try to forecast.
We operate with the continual threat of the COVID-19 curve spiking again wreaking further havoc on businesses just as each tries to figure out reentry and yes, survival.
Businesses are making subtle and sometimes, significant pivots in business models, even retooling manufacturing lines to respond to the pandemic.
A New Kind of Pandemic
This is a pandemic of a new kind, one that we are learning about and experiencing in real time.
This may be the first time in our history that many business owners and leaders all around the world are experiencing very similar global market challenges. Who would have thought that after 30 years in business, an executive would find himself/herself asking “what do I do now?” The challenge exists for every business owner and involves significant adaptation for most, if not all. For those who are less affected – how do I minister? For those who are more affected – how do I keep my business afloat?
What questions are you asking yourself right now? What questions are you asking the Lord? What questions are lodged deep in your heart with no words to express them?
While we may be experiencing this for the first time, it is not the first time that a whole nation of people has gone through a life-changing portal and did not know what to expect on the other side. Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt even though the uncertainty they experienced during the journey caused them to long for a land they once knew so well. However, they were never going to return to Egypt again. It was Moses’s job to lead them out during this exodus. However, it was Joshua’s job to lead them into the promise land for the next phase of the journey. They did not know what a promise looked like in this new land. They did not know what the new territory looked like. They had no idea about the boundaries or even how to occupy the new land. They had to rely one hundred percent on God to give them instruction on how to live in a place they had never been before, a place they ended up after they went through the Exodus Portal (the book of Exodus plus see Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). Similarly, that is where we are now. We have gone through the COVID-19 Portal and there is no going back. We have no real idea what to expect.
How will you lead as we go through the COVID-19 portal?