I must be honest. This virus is probably the biggest health concern I have seen in my lifetime. Many looked at this when it hit foreign countries and thought, “This will never hit the U. S.” It has. We have some who show no concern while others are stricken with fear. Where is the balance in all this?
Prayer is part of this balance. We should be praying for those who have been affected. We should be praying for each other that we make wise decisions in relation to exposure, etc. We need to pray for a miracle – a divine intervention. God is able, and there is no greater time to pray than now.
Consideration for others is part of this balance. I think of the verse in Romans 12 – “in honor, preferring one another”. I also think of the example of Jesus as reflected in Philippians 2 – focus on the welfare of others above self. Many are refusing to take precautions such as self-quarantine because of selfish reasons like toilet paper hoarding or just the desire to be out rather than trapped at home. Let’s think about the risk of us contracting something that would spread to those whose immune systems are compromised. This is a huge thing that could have helped matters a long time ago.
The extension of kindness toward others whose opinions differ is somewhere in this balance. I have read everything from intense medical facts to thoughts of this being a conspiracy. Now is not the time to be arguing.
It is high time we put ourselves aside for the greater good. It is not a time to panic. God is not caught off guard. Let’s trust Him even when many are scared. Our faith is a great witness, so let Jesus shine in the midst of this uncertainty.