Corona means crown. The virus is called corona because under a microscope it appears to have a halo or crown around it. But there is nothing regal about a virus. In fact, a virus is not even a living organism. It can’t think, grow or heal itself. It can replicate itself, yet, only when it occupies another living or host cell.
In James 1:12 we read, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Today we are in the midst of a trial called COVID 19. People are frightened, anxious and some are panicking. But we can remain steadfast because we love a God who is the sovereign Lord over all creation, and by His grace through faith we will pass this test. He may not take the problem away, but He will get us through it.
This past week, Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston said, “The world is not coming to an end. But if it is, all that water and toilet paper you are buying will not get used.” As a former health care provider, I am not saying we should do nothing, but we have some very practical guidelines that can help us protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Keep your work and living areas clean. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid unnecessary travel and crowded areas for the time being. Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing (click here for a list of points on social distancing). Boost your immune system by eating and sleeping properly. Contact your doctor at the first sign of a fever or cough or if you have been in contact with someone you know who is ill with the virus. And yes, stock up on supplies, but within reason, so others will not go without.
We are all in this together and as we ‘social distance’ we need to also support one another in this time of uncertainly. So, if you know someone who has enough toilet paper for a month of Sundays, be the voice God uses to reassure them of His faithfulness. Empower them with information to help protect them and their families. And, be “pre-prayered!” 1 Pray with your families and friends for wisdom and protection. Pray over those who are anxious for their comfort and peace. Pray for those who are sick and for families of those who have died. Pray for the Lord to say, “It is enough, now stay your hand” (2 Sam 21:15) and ask Him in His mercy to heal our world.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7(NIV)
1 word coined by Ann Graham Lotz