“I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11).
I realize that this verse, taken in context, is specifically addressed to the nation of Israel, God’s people who were in exile in Babylon. God had spoken to them through Jeremiah, telling them to plant gardens and settle down because they were going to be there for a while. As in 70 years. But God was promising to bring them back to their own land, and He was not about to go back on His word.
I do think that we can take hope from Jeremiah 29:11. Just as He led Israel through exile, He will get us through this seemingly unending pandemic. I for one am tired of reading about it, of hearing of more loss of life. I’m especially tired of hearing the blaming and shaming that goes on. For the record, no one has ever or will ever be changed in their thinking by being blamed or shamed through social media.
I for one believe that the way forward is less finger-pointing and more knee-bending. I’m convinced that if God’s people will pray for an end to this pandemic — not just in passing but fervently, persistently, unwaveringly with everything we have — God will act and remember His promise to His people.
I still believe that the pandemic will end. I’m holding onto hope that one day, all suffering and loss and death will end and that God will make all things right again. One day, COVID-19 will be no more than a nightmare that we have awakened from that has no more power over us any longer.
Let us not give up or despair, but clinging to hope, pray that God will eradicate every trace of the COVID-19 virus from the planet, once and for all. Amen.