Good morning. How are you doing through this Coronavirus Pandemic? I mentioned yesterday that our county has closed schools through next week. Our neighboring state, Maryland has closed schools for two weeks, starting on Monday. Yesterday, our county was the first school closing announced (besides universities).
I trust in God, but yesterday, I felt uneasy. There is a big difference between Spring Break, where you choose where to go and how to spend your time and mandated time off. It made me feel confined. I agree 100% with an abundance of caution. I understand that people do not know they sick and unknowingly spread the virus. I get it. I agree with it completely. Yet, I still felt confined.
This morning I was thinking about Paul. He was jailed for being a Christian. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he spent his time writing the most encouraging and uplifting letters to remain faithful. He said that he learned to be content, whatever the circumstances. It did not come naturally. He learned to be content.
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
–Philippians 4:11 (NIV)
My perspective determines my outlook on my current situation. In the past, did I thank God every time that I went to Costco and stocked up on supplies? Did I thank God for taking care of my every need all of time? No, I didn’t. It felt different, when Costco was out of the supplies, that I needed. I found myself praying that God would help me find what I needed. Where were my prayers before?
So, my family is safe and snug at home. We have a safe place with food and water. We get the opportunity to safely wait this thing out at home. So, instead of being anxious, I need to be thankful. I am thankful we are not sick. I am thankful for a safe place. I am thankful that my husband can work from home. I have a huge list of reasons to be thankful. At the top of the list is thanks to God for this opportunity to stay safe. This may last a week or a month, but it will not last forever.
Now, I thank God for providing for me. I am thankful for food to satisfy my hunger. I praise God for all that he has done for me. God is so kind. He has dealt wondrously with me. God will not let us be put to shame. God is watching over us and providing for us. There is only one God, and his name shall be known throughout the world. Thank you, God, for this opportunity to stay safe.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the Lord your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.
–Joel 2:26-27 (NKJV)
You knew about the Coronavirus before we did. I pray that each of us praises you for this opportunity to stay safe. I pray that you provide for our every need. I pray for your peace during this pandemic. I pray that you watch over each of us and keep us safe.