God amid pandemic6
Last spring, life changed as we became familiar with terms such as social distancing, flattening the curve and self-quarantining. We could hardly believe the closed schools, businesses and especially churches — just as Holy Week and Easter drew near! The coronavirus ran rampant in the world. Where was God?
But as the spread continued, many civic leaders stepped up, calmly informing us of the facts, of actions being taken to mitigate the crisis and of how we could help. Healthcare professionals risked their lives and endured separation from families; teachers drew on astounding stores of creativity to teach online; pastors delivered sermons and lessons to empty sanctuaries as members listened and prayed while living in quarantine. Surely God was present — through them!
Then I remembered how God assures us through Isaiah, “Fear not! When you pass through the waters, the fires, yes, even the pandemics of this world, I will be with you” (43:1-2, paraphrased). And Jesus echoes, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
During these past several difficult months of mostly bad news, I’ve looked for ways to comfort and ease my mind. Sometimes, I turn the TV and the news off. Sometimes I turn the TV on and find a funny and comforting old classic TV show rerun. But nothing comforts me more than God’s promises that I find in His Word like those in the paragraph above. Also, I find myself reading as many positive and encouraging devotional readings as I can find, like the one I read by Sandy Hyland that inspired today’s blog post.
Stay safe and healthy. Take care of you. And trust in God’s promises.