Fear, fear, and more fear. That’s all I hear from everyone. Fear of getting sick. Fear of getting quarantined. Fear of falling apart in fear. Fear of being fearful.
For me, I’ve been afraid of my husband getting stuck over seas. Ya. He’s due to travel over seas next week and he still feels like he is supposed to go. He isn’t afraid. He isn’t worried. He’s just trying to obey what the Lord has been calling him to do.
And yes, I don’t want him to go. And yes, it’s because I don’t want him to get stuck there, or end up sick, or end up carrying the illness home, or any number of other things. I just want him home. And guess what? I’ve been afraid of “not being willing to obey God.”
No. I’m not afraid of getting “the virus”. I don’t think that’s really the issue for most people. Really, I think people are just afraid of the unknown. The chaos. The unanswered questions. The “who can I trust and who can’t I trust” resources. The fear of fake news.
Haven’t we all got a list of “fears” around this stuff? Whether it’s some kind of conspiracy, or infectious warfare, or an act of God, or the Apocalypse, we all just want to be okay. We’re afraid of what we don’t know. Will we be okay? Only God knows.
The answer will always be the same. The only way to know you are going to be okay is to trust that whatever happens, God’s got it. No virus, no chaos, no fear, no conspiracy can overcome the God of all things. And that’s hard to hold onto sometimes.
We want to trust God in all things, but anyone who’s walked with Him for awhile, knows how hard it is. It’s easy to trust when things are going great. It’s a lot harder to trust God when things are not okay. But, God has gotten me through a whole lot of chaos and uncertainty, and He’s likely done the same for you. He loves to prove to us He’s trustworthy.
This pandemic is no different. It’s just another scary, chaotic, uncertainty that we must face, whether we want to or not. Are people going to freak out? Yes. Are people going to do foolish things? Yes. Are you going to freak out? Maybe. Are you going to do foolish things? Maybe.
Trust God. Trust Him in the chaos. Trust Him that He can use the chaos for our good and the good of others. Trust the God of Peace to bring peace to your own heart in this tumultuous time. Trust God and don’t look back. God is trustworthy.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord
I shared a prayer I had regarding this whole issue on my Facebook page. I want to be comforted and I want other’s to be comforted. Here is that prayer:
Jesus, we lift up the fearful as well as the fearless to You, Our King. Bring Your peace and wisdom. Settle hearts to receive You. Help us to keep from fighting fear with fear of fear. Lord, speak kindly to Your Church. Give us discernment to act when we should act and be still when we should be still. People are panicking. Protect them from the harm or actions they might take that would bring harm to themselves or others. Lord, we will not be ruled by fear, but we will also not be ruled by a stubborn desire to prove we are not afraid. We want to act on Your guidance alone. Help us not to waver from the path You have laid out for us. We trust You in all things. Amen.