Wow. I still can’t wrap my mind around what’s happening in the world right now. The coronavirus has brought the entire nation (and world, really) to a halt: classes online, theme parks closed, March Madness canceled. The economy is tanking, and it seems like it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
The last pandemic was in 1918, so no one has seen anything quite like this before, and people are panicking. The stores are being clean swept of toilet paper, canned goods, paper towels, etc. Everyone is hunkering down, and people are losing their minds. Just today, President Trump declared a national emergency.
Everything that’s happening is definitely unsettling. I don’t want to understate the severity of this at all, but I do think it’s the fear instilled in people that’s the real issue. I’m no scientist and may not fully understand nature of the virus, but I do believe that people are overreacting and acting irrationally. Fear is controlling so many, and that’s the true danger.
It’s during times like these that we must all come together as a community, and more importantly, turn to the Lord for comfort. I’m so thankful that, as a Christian, I’m able to rest assured that He is in control. If He takes care the birds in the air and the flowers in the soil, He will most certainly take care of us. Obviously, it’s still important to be safe and act wisely, but we should not allow fear to control us.
So in this time of chaos, let us remember what’s truly important in life. Let us trust in God and spend time with loved ones. Let us act wisely but rationally. Let us remember to love our neighbor as ourselves. And, most importantly, let us live by faith and not fear.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hears be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:27