Hey friends, how are you today? How was your week? Did you miss me? I missed you guys. I missed the encouragements and the happenings in your life. So, how are you? What’s been going on in your life? Have you or someone you know been affected by COVID’19?
We’ve made three trips to Ohio in just about a two-week period. We picked up the girls for spring break, took them back to school, went a few days later, to pick them up again. This time, the universities and colleges were advised to close for at least two weeks due to the threat of the virus. So presently, they’re completing their classes at home, which surprisingly, they do not mind. I do not mind the change either, it’s almost like homeschooling all over, except I’m not responsible for their classes; a blessing for which I am very thankful. I am very grateful that they’re home with us, during this pandemic. It helps with my control issues, except everyday proves I have so very little control, nor perhaps, do I want it.
Do you suppose time teaches the Lord new information? Perhaps time reveals knowledge to God? I wonder if God can learn. Do you think time teaches the Lord of the Universe? It may be that this new pandemic has utterly surprised the Lord. Perhaps He fell asleep, just a brief nap, and chaos ensued unsuspectedly? Maybe He blinked? As time marches on, do the unfolding events make themselves known to the Lord, as it does to us? Sounds utterly ridiculous, doesn’t it? We say, ‘God knows everything’, we say, ‘He is good’, we say, ‘He loves and cares for us’, but do we actually believe these words? Are they true for us?
Fear; a simple four-letter word. According to our trusty Goggle dictionary, fear is ‘an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat’. Fear causes panic, fear can also cause us to react in an irrational manner. Fear overrides truth; it is an unpredictable emotion that can cause us to run, screaming into the night or to be so petrified, we are literally immobilized. Fear imagines the very worst of all the viable possibilities. Fear relieves us of hope and confidence. Fear causes our heart rate to escalate and palms to sweat. Fear is irrational and causes unsound judgement. Fear causes panic. And all of us, at one time or another, have and will experience this emotion in our lifetime.
This new disease has caused an unprecedented fear among the folks, in our neck of the woods and in most of the world apparently. The shelves are practically empty in most of the local supermarkets, even at the wholesale retailers also. I must admit, I do appreciate the precautions taken by those in authority. I am thankful for the boundaries placed in our neck of the woods to protect us from this novel pandemic.
As Christians, what are our options? What are we to do in light of this new (to us), virus? Here are five things we can do, during this time.
Spend time with the Lord. Talk to the Lord, we will tell Him of our fears (believe me, He already knows). Ask the hard questions (but remember He does not owe us an explanation), He will always listen. Then we open our Bibles and let Him remind us of Who He is ; of His goodness, His grace and mercy toward us. He will bring that very needful comfort and peace and hope to our hearts. Let us find rest in His arms, He is strong and powerful and mighty enough to hold and keep us.
Follow the dictates of the government. We will adhere to whatever precautions they put in place for our good and the good of others. Of course, obey the Word of God by also praying for our government and those in authority.
This earthly life matters! Our lives matter; each life is a gift from God. Let’s be careful, but not anxious; cautious but fearless, informed but even more knowledgeable of the promises found in the Word of God. Faith over fear, right?
Avoid discrimination. Blame-shifting is a sin of old, started with our first parents. Blaming others for this situation is to remove the Lord from the equation and place it in the hands of mankind. God does and He allows. Our battle isn’t against people. This is the perfect opportunity to put the love of God on display. We need to show kindness, extend more grace to others, especially during this time. May the Lord be glorified in our lives.
Surrender this moment to the Lord. Open palms, give it over to the One, Who is in control. He did not abdicate His throne. We have no control, we have no answers, but we serve the One, Who does. Let us trust His love and lean on His promises. Our Lord is great and mighty. He is trustworthy.
How are you doing? Really… How are you responding to this virus?