Lately with all the news about COVID-19 and the coronavirus, it feels like I’m living in an episode of The X-Files. I expect someone to pull back the proverbial curtain to find that dastardly Cigarette Smoking Man and his cronies behind it all.
There will be an extraterrestrial origin behind the virus with aliens intent on colonizing and repopulating the planet, wiping us out in the process.
It’s unprecedented. I have never experienced anything like this. It feels like I’m getting contradictory information all the time about the nature of the virus and whether or not we should shut everything down.
I keep coming back to the same Scripture. More accurately, God keeps bringing me back to a familiar tried and true promise found in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
In the midst of all the uncertainties, I know that God is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. No bacteria or virus or pandemic or global scare could ever change that. That is where my hope lies.
I don’t claim to have mastered the art of calm. In fact, there are many times when I’m anxious and fearful instead of trusting. Still, even in those moments when my feelings seem to have full sway, I know God’s promise goes beyond what I feel.
In the words of Jesus, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NLT).