I am by nature, a leader. Not that I try to be, or grew up hoping to be, I just struggle when things are stagnant and know they could be better. The fluctuating rules of COVID have left me in a state of frustration. Just when I think we have figured out a workable plan, the rules change.
COVID has impacted many of us very directly. It has affected our church and many of our family and friends.
Some of my children and grandchildren have had this virus. My wife’s father passed away not from the disease but from the isolation caused by the response to the disease. The worst part of this for many is the isolation. Millions are at home, in hospitals, or care facilities isolated from loved ones. Others are isolated with abusive and neglectful family members unable to reach out for help. These people should particularly be in our prayers.
Even for the small number of us who have not had COVID directly affect our family, the virus refuses to be ignored. We are all reminded in hundreds of ways every day. The masks that you are carrying in your car or your pocket, the macabre tally sheet of deaths that are published and updated daily. And this list could go on, but in reality, we’ve all had to adapt to this as if it is normal.
A Biblical maxim from Jesus comes to mind: I like the 15th century English of the King James Version here, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34
We have been pushed very hard to live in fear. The fear of the unseen virus particles that float around us and the fear of each other. When we are afraid, it is difficult to be compassionate, understanding, or Christlike. Beware: “Breaking News” is not always even news, death counts are only going to produce fear, and runs on toilet paper are not a sign of the end of the world.
But, “men’s hearts failing them for fear” is!
I am trying to balance awareness with “borrowing tomorrow’s trouble.” Tomorrow’s trouble can only be borrowed in our imagination. We are limited to living one day at a time. Our lives happen in breaths, heartbeats, and footsteps; each of them requires our presence! So does love.
To be present for today, we may have to seriously consider that the primary function of network news is to make a buck, and fear keeps us watching.
We have all prayed about this disease and its effects on people, freedom, and government. We may have been wondering if this is the spark that lights the fires of the end of time. Most of us have spent some time worrying about these times. All I can say for sure is that we need not borrow trouble from tomorrow, because Jesus will be there too. Let us simply walk into tomorrow hand-in-hand with Him.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34