Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Shepastor: “When I Am Afraid…”
I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3, NIV
“Looking back across the landscape of my lifetime, I realize that something unexpected and larger than life seems to happen every once in a while, that acts as a corrective measure...” These are the words shared by Dr. Ken Druck in his article, “The 'One Planet, One People' coronavirus corrective.” In this article, Dr. Druck suggests that life has a way of reminding us about what really matters.
Right now, the world is facing a pandemic in the form of the Coronavirus. Many are gripped by fear. Many are hoarding hand sanitizer, toilet paper and water, depriving others of what is needed to try and stay healthy. Churches are struggling with real decisions regarding meeting the needs of their congregation, pastoral care and finances. Some are in a panic.
However, as the people of God, we must remember that “we are not as those who have no hope.” Even in the midst of this modern-day plague, God is still in control. Even though many painful and sad things are happening including death, isolation, fear and struggle, several positive things are happening. We are being reminded of our humanity, our frailty, our need for compassion and our need for one another.
Community members are reaching out to one another…calling one another…going grocery shopping for the elderly, working together to ensure that school children, home due to the virus are getting meals. Teachers and administrators are working tirelessly to be sure that youth get their lessons. People all over the world are praying together in various ways. The government is looking at ways to provide financial relief to its struggling citizens.
Every now and then, God allows the “reset button” to get pushed. Times like these remind us of what really matters in life…relationships, compassion, love and the common good. COVID-19 is scary. But God remains in control. When you are afraid, trust in Him!
In faith, hope and perseverance,