The coronavirus pandemic. Everybody is talking about it. So let’s talk about it too – but through the lens of knowing we are loved and kept by a sovereign God. It’s important to stay educated about what is going on around our country and around the world, and to respond wisely and appropriately. Unfortunately, today there is a fine line between news and sensationalism, and it’s easy to find ourselves living in fear because of half-truths. A few encouragements for our readers during this season of uncertainty (and for everyday):
- First, as followers of Christ and seekers of Truth, we should always make sure to the best of our ability that the information we are basing our decisions and responses on is in fact factual. If a Facebook post or a 20-second cable news sound bite is causing you to feel angry or nervous, dig a little deeper. Gather information from multiple sources, ask a trusted friend for perspective, and pray for discernment.
- Often a few minutes of due diligence will reveal the truth isn’t nearly as panic-worthy as some headlines might lead us to believe. But sometimes the full truth is unsettling. The Lord knows our fears and anxieties, and he invites us to cast these cares on him and rest assured in ultimate truth.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
- COVID-19 is highly contagious and can be a significant health risk to older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions. Wash your hands and take other simple precautions to reduce your chances of contracting or spreading coronavirus (or any disease for that matter). The CDC published some helpful guidelines for people who suspect they may have come in contact with the virus. You can read them here.
- Lastly, check-in on your friends and neighbors – especially those from other parts of the world. With travel bans, talks of isolation and quarantines, and general wariness of things “international,” it’s important to assure people that they are still a part of a community and they are cared for. Pray that God can use us during this time of heightened fear and anxiety to be a witness of the peace of Christ to others.