And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28-30 (NIV).
Isn’t that a great question? While viruses, pandemics, and other life stresses are real, the greatest reality is that the Almighty, the King and Creator of the universe is for us. God is greater than any threat.
Wisdom and love direct us to walk circumspectly (carefully and aware); such that we know the time in which we live. As law abiding citizens, we observe the mandate of social distance and cleanliness; and can do so without fear. This is true because we know that God is greater than anything that transpires.
If at any point you begin to feel overwhelmed by current events, or any “mountain” of trouble, loss, or crisis; try reading in the psalms, and scriptures on love, peace, and wisdom, to settle yourself. Sometimes (and I usually don’t feel like it in the moment), but I will put on favorite worship music and sing my heart out before God. It’s also good for the soul to get out in nature, to walk, breathe in fresh air, and focus on the beauty of God’s creation.
Speak, and or just listen to the One who is greater than what you are facing and feeling. Ask God if there is someone (family member or friend) that you could call who is shut-in, or just afraid that they will be forgotten. It will be a boost to the person you call (just the knowledge that they are being thought of is heartening); and in return, your soul will be nourished. We all need breaks from bad news and troubles. When we can give of ourselves, the focus becomes about God and the other; and I know of no better tonic that helps “the things of earth to grow strangely dim.” Suddenly, you are awash in peace and a sense of well-being.
If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed.
You are greatly loved and God has you here to add the value that can only come through your unique personality, and gifting. May you be blessed as you seek ways to share the gifts God has given you on behalf of another.