Use this Crisis as a Time to Grow Nearer to God.

I guess I have lived long enough and through enough times of crisis to look at this Coronavirus situation a little differently than most.  I have been through the initial outbreak of AIDS, SARS, Ebola, etc. that now leads me to turn to God instead of all the media sources.  You may say I am too optimistic and have my head in the sand but I say that’s not true.  I am just very grounded in my faith in God.

I use this website to monitor the COVID-19 spread and obtain my information.   https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

Infections
COVID-19: Approximately 156,400 cases worldwide; 2,952 cases in the U.S. as of Mar. 15, 2020.*
Flu: Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the U.S. per year.

Deaths
COVID-19: Approximately 5,833 deaths reported worldwide; 57 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 15, 2020.*
Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.

I really have to see things in number to understand how they compare.  Please look squarely at these numbers before reading on.   If you multiple the numbers of COVID-19 by 4 (above results are for one quarter of this year) we are nowhere near the number of flu deaths.  Now I know that there are many unknown factors that we have to take into consideration that could change that calculation but let’s assume they don’t.

I feel that since we are now isolating ourselves in our homes (those that can) that we should use this time to reflect on our faith and draw nearer to God and not focus on the fear of the unknown spreading with COVID-19.  I am not dismissing this crisis, I am finding some growth in it.  I cannot and will not live in fear because God does not create fear in us, the world does.

There are several Bible verses we can read to find grounding,  Here are a few.

Psalm 91: 1-6  Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”   Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Jesus has taught us that worry is unnecessary because God is in control.  Worry is also counter productive blocking God’s goodness.  When we stand in faith and trust in God we have no need for worry.  God will also provide and care for His children no matter the circumstances.  People may be affected financially, medically or mentally with this situation but God can handle all of those problems.

In Roman times there were many plagues (also known as pandemics)  that wiped out millions of people.  Families left their family members to die alone because they were fearful of catching the plague.  Christians began looking and locating the sick so they could care for them.  Christians we taught (and still are) to love and care for their brothers and sisters no matter what the illness.  This is how hospitals began.  All due to the teaching of the Bible and God’s Word.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

When we seek His kingdom which is kind and loving we serve Him by caring for others.

Romans 14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

We are rewarded for helping, caring, loving and promoting others in difficult times.  This is a difficult time.  We should be serving God and NOT hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  We should buy what we need and leave the rest for our neighbors so they have them too.  Our greed and hoarding pleases Satan, not our Heavenly Father.

Let’s talk about Satan for a minute.  You know he is relishing in this chaotic behavior.  He loves to see turmoil and unrest amongst God’s people.  Why should we give him the pleasure of seeing this insanity?  We shouldn’t!  We should stand confident in knowing that God has always provided for us and cared for us and He always will.  God never turns His back on us.

God has used pandemics in the past to pull His people together.  People, let’s pull together and make Him proud of us.  Let Him see us sharing food with others, remaining calm in His presence and continue to spread the Good News as we move through this time.  I pray in a few weeks this will be just another blip in our history and we will look back for years to come on how we acted and reacted.  Let’s be proud of how we pulled together while a virus isolated us.  How we protected our elderly, shared what we had and showed God’s love through our actions.

When AIDS first broke, Princess Diana was in the hospitals holding the hands of AIDS patients showing compassion and not fearing her sick brothers and sisters. Mother Teresa worked primarily in India to provide comfort and care for the poor, sick and dying.  Both of these women showed God’s love through simple kindness.  This is an opportunity to do the same.

As I pray for each and every one of you reading this blog post I remember I am here because God wants me here.  Here to do good and to love and support all of His children.  Pray for your neighbors, family, friends and everyone worldwide to come together and strengthen God through our good works.  All my love and gratitude-LoLo

 

 

 

 

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