Covid-19, Rollercoasters, and Pineapple

Finding out how Campus Life still changes lives from home

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

— Romans 8:38-39.

In the words of the rapper Drake: “What a time to be alive.”

Most of you reading this are sitting in the same sort of place I am: your home. I’ve been struggling to type this post not because of the lack of time necessarily, but because of the lack of normalcy. Just like many people, being told to stay home for days on end isn’t necessarily my dream every day. Not to mention adding three kids on top of it makes it feel like its going to be fun until it never ends.

For example, imagine you’ve been in line waiting for the Top Thrill Dragster and you finally get on. After getting buckled in, the operator tells everyone they must stay buckled in until the train makes it around the track and back into the station. You would obviously agree and scream with delight as we come up to the starting line. Then, we’re off! We go up the main hill, get to the top…and then realize its a misfire, and come screeching back to the beginning. The operator’s instructions ring true: stay buckled in until the ride is complete.

And then you just do that forever. Thats quarantine.

Not having a normal schedule feels like a vacation for about 10 minutes, and then the reality that you can’t do what you planned to do sets in.

Or at least it does in many of us. I have found myself still reaching out to students, trying to connect with them in their homes while they’re on the game (video game systems) or FaceTiming other people. Though the world is tied down, there are still people going through normal problems that aren’t tied to the virus, like “who are my friends long term?” and “should I eat apple or pineapple.”

No matter what goes on in this world, we’re still fighting to share with students the truth about Jesus. I’ve adopted a love for Zoom, and have been able to call different students throughout the week from Waverly and even Eaton County. I still find myself checking in with different people throughout the week just to make sure they’re alive and well, considering I know that human connection is still a gift in this time.

My family has gotten to see me all the time. I’ve almost gotten tired of my kids; thank goodness I love them over all of that. My wife and I have gotten plenty of time together, as she has been working from home and living the dream by seeing all of us every day. If only the quarantine would lift and we could keep this schedule…just adding in some students to our home when we got the chance.

We’re all in a tough place. Some of us tougher than others. I have students in Eaton County who can’t even use their home passes they have worked so hard to earn. I have students who are in homes they don’t want to be in, and others who are wondering what to do without work happening for them or their parents. I know many of you have the same fear. But let’s not forget the truth: God is working and moving through all of this, and there is “nothing that can separate us.”

Please continue to follow this journey and believe in what I and my teammates at Greater Lansing Campus Life are working to accomplish. If you want more info, or more ways to help, email me at and I’ll be glad to follow up. Maybe after all of this we can get some coffee.

Here’s to more stories, and more lives changed.

Published by waveswavo

I'm a Dad, Director, Sports Enthusiast, and a lover of Jesus.

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