As you know, the majority of the world has been impacted by the coronavirus. This pandemic has gradually heightened in the span of a few days. It was just Tuesday night that I was having a discussion with my daughter regarding her school’s basketball championship game scheduled to convene a few days later. We were operating under normal circumstances without the ‘social distancing’ mandate. It is crazy how quickly certain things can dramatically shift the way we usually function and life as we know it. However, as the world spirals into pandemonium, we must remain steadfast in our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So, although this pandemic has the world on an uproar tick, our God is able, and He will see us through. There is nothing too hard for our God!
I am, however, understanding of the fact that some people are fearful and anxious during this time. Fear is an emotion, and it is reasonable to feel fear and anxiety during unforeseen circumstances. Outside of the concern of possibly contracting the virus and for chronically ill or elderly family members, there also lies concern regarding livelihood (income, children’s education, work status, etc.). Again, fear is a normal emotion, and I sympathize with those who are burdened with concern, that’s why I came to extend a little encouragement.
It is during times like this that we, more than ever before, need to lean in on God. I know there can be moments where we may struggle with hearing or feeling God. But we must believe that He is always near and He hears our cry. God is an ever-present God, and He is present even during the chaos, like what we are enduring today. In fact, God will get the victory at the end of all of this. I believe families will be restored as many social activities, school, and work have been interrupted. I also believe purpose and vision will be stirred as we may have a little extra time on our hands to allocate towards productivity.
So, although we may experience a sense of fear, we mustn’t rest or remain there. It is during these times that God wants us to activate the power He has given us. He has not given us the spirit of timidity, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). In that, we can begin to find peace, peace in Him. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Some people tend to look at fear as a bad thing, by categorizing it as an opposer of faith in the Lord. Whelp, not all fear is bad, fear actually has added benefits. For example, fear is an instinct that can teach us resiliency. Fear can also be a safeguard that triggers and prepares us to make wise decisions such as looking both ways to avoid oncoming traffic or following proper precautions while cooking – out of concern for safety. Fear sends a precautious response to the brain to prevent harmful situations.
A few helpful pointers as you push through this
Protect your eyes and ears: Watch and listen to the news or radio in moderation, but please, do not over-saturate yourself with the headlines. Instead, try to redirect your thought pattern. You can replace the negative thoughts or what you are hearing with a scripture reading, an inspiring song, or even a fun activity.
Rely on God: Continue to pray. Don’t put your faith and trust in the Government or fear. Instead, give it over to God and let Him bring you peace and understanding.
Stay connected: As the social distancing mandate may advise us to separate ourselves from people - connection is vital to growth. And it's a source of comfort. If even by phone, skype, facetime, etc. Accountability, community, and sisterhood are still necessary in this season.
I encourage you to read Psalms 91 for a reminder of God’s love, protection, and faithfulness. He is our refuge! Continue to seek God and make your prayer requests known to Him.
I love you, and I am praying for you! Be encouraged!