What a time to be blogging about peace, right?
You can’t go one day without hearing the word “coronavirus” come out of people’s mouths. And while it’s good to continue communication about the topic, it can be hard not to panic when so many people are being diagnosed daily, and the number of deaths are also increasing.
One of my co-workers and I talked about how there’s people on both ends of the spectrum – one side is extremely sure that everything will be fine, and there’s nothing to worry about, while the other side is in extreme panic, scared to go outside or do anything should a case of the illness ever be found in their city. My co-worker and I agreed that there should be a balance: there should definitely be caution, and listening to the advice of the health professionals who tell us to wash our hands, and keep them away from our mouths and noses. But there shouldn’t be extreme panic or worry that would cause us to do irrational things.
I’m not saying that people who have cancelled/postponed events and closed businesses or schools are overreacting. Those people made decisions that they thought were best for themselves and the people around them, and I respect that.
But going on social media and spreading unnecessary unrest will cause worry, anxiety, and stress to spread. And what happens when we get stressed out? We lower our body’s immunity. We cause people who already have a hard time with anxiety to now have something else to overthink about. We spread information that may not be facts, so maybe subconsciously, we cause others to worry, and we don’t have to be alone in how we feel.
We wait for a physical solution, a cure to this virus, but what about the mental, emotional, and spiritual solution for our unease?
Remember what I wrote about yesterday – peace vs. relaxation. I pray that we can trust God to give us the peace despite all the voices in the world calling us to panic. It doesn’t mean we don’t do what we can to prevent the spread, but we shouldn’t have this burden on our shoulders to carry when we serve a God that is bigger and more powerful than a disease.
So if you believe that He is all-powerful, and can and will break this illness, PRAY IN FAITH. Stop reading and watching things that will cause you to worry, and rest easy knowing that God is working in this situation, just like He does in every situation.
Take advice from these verses from Philippians:
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
What are your thoughts on the coronavirus? What are things that are causing you to panic about it? How can you better place your focus on the fact that God is going to deliver you, your loved ones, and the world through this?