COVID-19 is the big news story around the world right now. Fear grips many and our frailty as humans shows up in panic, just take a look at the toilet paper aisle in your local store, it tells the story. When I was shopping the other day and saw that and then saw that the bleach was almost gone as well, I got this overwhelming sense of sadness. Fear has gripped the heart of many. Now, don’t get me wrong, you need to be cautious and do what it takes to avoid contact with this virus, there is no question in that, but avoid fears grip.
I was at the Life Lab the other day getting some blood work done and was face to face with the reality of the seriousness of this virus when greeted by the lab technician wearing a mask and face guard, gloves and gown. Now for them, it makes sense to be totally decked out like that, they are on the front lines of every infection. I felt sorry for them because in their desire to help people they had to suffer the sweat and discomfort under the protection of all this gear! She told me that this is just another influenza and not a strange bug, it is just that this one we have no vaccine for. That if everyone who is sick stays home, and the rest of us wash our hands and take common sense precaution that is all we can do, and that this is what should be done everyday, every season anyways. The over purchase of toilet paper is not going to save anyone on any level. She was pleasant and so sweet despite all the gear she had on.
Fear is an emotion that can either warn us to be cautious, or can grip our hearts and consume our thoughts. Social media takes a hold of fearful things and fills everywhere we look with more and more stories of what is happening out there digging deep into peoples mind the mental shovel of fear mongering.
As a christian I have done some soul searching the past few weeks through all of this. I believe in taking caution especially if you have someone in your life who’s immune system is already compromised. I believe that you must take in the knowledge but then put it all against reason.
I can’t go to the reaches of the world to help anyone through this time of pain and sickness. I can however pray to a God who sees it all. Our world is not void of pain and suffering, disease and sickness, it is the world in which we live. So knowing that, and in the same breath believing in a God who sees all things I have chosen to take my heart of concern and yes a times fear, to Him in prayer. My prayer is for comfort for the families that have faced severe loss and in some cases multiple people in a family. My prayer is for protection for those I love. For peace and rest for those that have to make hard decisions, like our provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. I am sure she doesn’t get much sleep these days. And my prayer is for calm for the throngs of people that are living under a shroud of overwhelming fear. Many deal with depression and anxiety and at a time like now social media becomes their enemy. I have dear friends that face that journey and pray that God will someone how give them peace at this time.
Be reasonable in your thoughts about this virus and use practical caution. Remember that God is there to go to take your fear. Pray to Him with a thankful heart that we don’t have to face times like this with fear, He is there. Then pray looking for a peace that comes at times, and know that when peace sometimes is there in times that we can’t understand why… it is His gift.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Once you have done that… then take sometime to focus on the following:
” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8,9
May you and your family maneuver this time in history with confidence that you don’t have to carry this fear alone, and that life still has given much around you to put your focus on that is good. If the fear that social media makes money on gets to be too much, take a vacation from view it . Get a good book, go for walks, or just spend time with those you love as friends and family. Take time to focus on the good around you and the God who loves you.
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