I’m sure most of you are overwhelmed or just plain sick of hearing about the coronavirus and COVID-19 and what you should and shouldn’t do, and you”re probably tired of reading everyone and their dog’s responses to the pandemic.
Apparently, though, it’s the thing to do right now…?
So anyway, here are my apologies for making you read one more blog post about it. But I do promise you that I’m not going to go overboard on it. This is just a super quick post that I hope will be a little bit of light and encouragement in your day.
This is a topsy-turvy world right now, and people are trying to cope in the best way they know how. For some, it’s megadosing on Vitamin C and other immune-boosting supplements, for others it’s stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer like they’re going out of stock (Oh, wait, they are).
Some of these responses are effective and based in common sense, but they will eventually come up against some sort of limit or deficiency.
Beyond the whole stocking-up-for-survival thing are the deeper issues that come with the social distancing taking place in our world, the isolation and lack of human interaction that is vital to our existence. And I’m not even going to touch on the countless individuals who have been directly impacted by the virus.
The human race is struggling in more ways than one. Some of us more than others, but everyone is feeling the effects of this global crisis.
So what’s the ultimate answer to the uncertainty and fear clouding our world and culture these days? Believe me, it’s not to be found in collecting the ultimate doomsday hoard or even keeping a close connection with friends and family while maintaining that six feet of distance. It has to come from something more deep-rooted and permanent. From something and someone that transcends what we can see and sense in the present physical world.
I’ve been thinking about Psalm 91 a lot lately. It seems to address many of the exact issues and problems affecting the world right now and it offers hope, peace, and security through it all. Isn’t that really what we all need?
No amount of toilet paper or social distancing can circumvent the fears and worries that will arise from our circumstances, but guess what? God is bigger than a warehouse of toilet paper or even 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. God is bigger than this virus and all its accompanying challenges.
I’m posting the entire psalm below in the hopes that it will provide you some inspiration and encouragement just as it has for me.
Stay safe and healthy, and remember you are blessed.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”