I was thinking today about what we have lost or what has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Almost everything is closed. People are working from home, or not working at all. Financial worries abound.
Our daily routines have been turned upside down. This has caused a lot of fear, anxiety and disappointment. Are we scared we will get infected? Perhaps you are scared of getting laid off. How about the “unknown” of it all? This one gets to me, as I’m reminded of the realization that we live in a very fragile world, and we are not in control.
Think back 30 days. Nothing had been cancelled. Everything in society was as it “should be.” This pandemic has proven that our structured, ordered lives can be changed overnight. Maybe admitting this to ourselves is more terrifying than the virus itself.
I’m writing this because there has never been a more urgent time, or a better opportunity. to bring God back to center stage in everything we do. Our lives can change overnight but God never changes. He never falters.
In the book of James, it says that if we draw near to God, he will draw near to us. For believers, this might be a chance for you to dig deeper into your relationship with Jesus.
Are you home with your kids because schools are closed? What a great chance to get to know Jesus better. Maybe there is a friend or co-worker that you check in with by phone or online? What a great opportunity to share your faith and encourage them.
In times like this, God desires us to seek him out. Joshua 1:9 says “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
If you don’t know Jesus yet, what have you got to lose? The Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) will teach you so much about our God, and how he sent his only son to suffer and die so that by believing in him and having faith, we can all be with him in eternity.
Yes, a lot has happened since the outbreak of COVID-19. But for me personally, not all has been bad. I don’t try to cram so much into a day, because I can’t now. I’ve also had a chance to examine what my priorities were, and what is truly important in my life.
This last week has felt like cleaning out an old drawer that is full of “stuff.” I encourage everyone to support each other during this time of stress and look for ways to built up our community.
Scripture says to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Please consider praying for each other and everyone on the front lines of this fight, and give thanks to God for all the changes you’ve made that ended up being enjoyable and a blessing to you.