There is no doubt that these are the most trying times of our lives and that’s not a bad thing. The greatest thing about going through any difficult time is that it will help develop our character as a person and make us stronger.
It’s easy to worry, but don’t forget that God himself has told us not to worry about anything. I know, that’s easier said than done. No one said it would be easy but it’s easy to praise and trust God during the good times, this is where our faith is really tested.
Some people seem to believe that this COVID-19 pandemic is God somehow punishing us. I personally don’t believe that. If you’re over the age of 30, you’ve already lived through pandemics like HIV AIDS, H1N1 and SARS. Now of course those didn’t affect us the way COVID-19 has for many different reasons.
We’ve been blessed that nothing has come along until now that has really upended out lives here in the United States. But pandemics and viruses are unfortunately a part of life, so you can’t blame God.
You also have to remember that God gave us free will, just like Adam and Eve. He didn’t make them stay away from the forbidden fruit. Unfortunately people are using their free will in a way that is causing things like climate change and pandemics, which have wreaked havoc on our planet. I’m not a scientist, but I will tell you that there is evidence that humans interfering with animals in the wild is a reason that virus’ like COVID-19 get out. It’s up to the people to protect ourselves.
Now, I’m not saying that God can’t help. He certainly can but he’s not going to make everything perfect on Earth. Adam and Eve messed that up in the beginning. Like them, we aren’t perfect are sin all the time.
The best thing that we can do in this situation is protect yourself and your family. Take the precautions to make sure you don’t get sick and trust that God will take care of you no matter what because it’s not worth it to stress out over something that you don’t have any control over. This is why it’s important for us to raise our prayers and petitions to God. He wants us to confide in him, especially at a time like this. We are His children and He loves us.
I recently saw someone write on Facebook that they don’t watch or listen to the news because they make things worse. I get what they’re saying because the news can be stressful to watch. But in a time like this it’s important to stay up to date on what’s going on in order to keep yourself and your family safe.
Now, you shouldn’t watch the news all day, instead spend time calling friends and family to check on them. Even set up a Zoom call with your close friends and/or family. Do things that encourage you and lift you up.
The other night I watched some of the NFL Draft with my dad, brother, cousin and uncle over FaceTime. It was a great way for us to connect and forget about the craziness that’s going on.
Also make sure you spend time in your bible and listen to encouraging songs that will lift up your soul and help you be positive during a time of uncertainty.
Times like these are just a reminder that we’re not in control, which is why it’s even more important that we need to trust in the one who created us.