If you are like me, meaning that you live somewhere on Earth, then more than likely you have made a few changes to your daily activities this past week or so. We all like to go about our lives as normally as possible, but when we are asked to minimize contact with others, are not able to sit down at our favorite restaurant, kids are given an extended school break, and not able to go to our jobs, we feel the impact of this epidemic on our lives. For some of us who live in areas where there have been no confirmed cases, we may ask, is all of this necessary? But obviously, many do because of the changes that have been implemented to prevent the spread of the virus. So, what do these changes bring about in your heart…worry, fear, or hope?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Luke 12:25
In any time of crisis, worry and fear are not very helpful, as it usually causes people to make irrational decisions. Sometimes fear may be good in that it motivate people to take appropriate actions, instead of doing nothing at all. Worrying about things also reveals that we want to be in control of the situation when we are not. It may also reveal how much we trust God and others in any given scenario. As cases increase, worry and fear also tend to increase when we do not trust others or do not feel in control of our own lives. In times like these, our priorities shift a bit, or a lot. It becomes more obvious what those priorities are and where we put our trust. In what and whom do you trust?
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2
We may think what happens in the next few weeks to months is mostly beyond our control, but there are still things we can do that are helpful and even demonstrate love to others. The essential premise behind handwashing and social distancing is to avoid spreading this virus to others. Taking measures to not contaminate others is essentially demonstrating love by putting their needs before your own. Call and check in on others more often and even offer to help the elderly with things if you are able, to help them avoid having to go out as often. Encourage one another. We may also ask, what good can come of this? Besides revealing the condition of our hearts, and our faith, it can also provide new opportunities to demonstrate love to others. To share with them that our hope and trust lies in One who does not change and is our Hope. May you help shine that light to others.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Yours in Christ,