These times are weird. God has spoken to my heart in so many ways in the last several days. When the worst of this COVID-19 came down and the lock-down began I was sick in the bed with a stomach flu. I could care less about not being able to go anywhere except back to bed to sleep. I was down for 5 solid days and all I could do was to sleep. So, when I got well, I was ready to hit it again and drive. You see I am an Uber driver. Well, my first day out I had a big Goose Egg! Yes! NO RIDES! The second day I had two. Two rides in two days for a grand total of $16 and some change. Now that is considerably less than I get on a regular basis, so I was a bit miffed. However, there was so little air traffic and traffic on the highways and roads it didn’t really surprise me. Then I went to Walgreens to look for one box of tissue for my vehicle. The lady looked at me like I was crazy. Then I tried Walmart and I got an even stranger look there. There was NO PAPER PRODUCTS anywhere! Why? Because everyone is afraid they are going to get the Corona Virus and need extra toilet paper ….??? For What? The selfishness in this world is sometimes so upsetting to me. I am reminded in all of this how unselfish so many are during this time. The medical staff in hospitals and offices, the truck drivers, the delivery workers, Police, Firefighters, Medics and all first responders, etc. So, so many that are taking chances every day, yet they are still out there doing what they do because others depend on them.
I am also reminded of some famous words our Lord spoke.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Luke 14:27
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:29–32
And the Apostle Paul reminds Timothy…
“…For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
And the ESV says… “…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (Emphasis mine)
The folks that I have picked up in my Uber have seem to have that “sound mind” and/or “self-control”. We agreed that it seems that the world has lost all common sense in all of this. My mother used to say, “Common sense isn’t very common anymore.” She would be saying that again this day if she was still here.
We Christians are called to self-control and sound mind. To love one another and help others when and where we can. I truly don’t think staying in my house for two weeks is going to do anyone any good. Especially me. I need people. I love people.
Then there is this scripture I just ran across.
“For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.” Psalm 112:6–8
We must keep a sound mind and self-control in times like this. This is not a “forever” thing. This too shall pass and pass before you know it. Just do the good sense things, i.e., wash your hands, stay away from huge crowds and be smart. Stay safe and be smart.
I just got a message from one of the prayer groups that has been created because of all of this Corona stuff. It was from a pastor reminding us of this….
1 James, a servant of God and
of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:1-4
I for one am so thankful for a God that promises to never leave us or forsake us. A God that has walked this earth and experienced trials as we have. He knows. He understands. He loves us with so great a love. He wants us to know that He is always there to talk to about anything worrying us. He is there to help us think through stuff. He is there to help us get through any situation. Even COVID-19. He wants us to call out to Him. He wants us to know that we are so loved. After all… He calls us His beloved.