When we open the newspaper, the “numbers” are obvious, the number of people infected with COVID-19, the number of people stranded, the number of people quarantined and the number of deaths. All at once our quiet life is shaken and our future is uncertain.
How can we handle the current crisis?
We follow government regulations, we wash our hands, wear masks, avoid touching our faces and maintain social distance. Also we can build our immunity by eating healthy food, taking vitamins and exercising daily. By doing this we not only protect ourselves but others around us. Maintaining social distance would be a great time to catch up, read, learn something new, sleep, play board games and spend time with family.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you -1 Peter 5:7
When life is shaken and unstable, we tend to worry. We worry about ourselves, our family and our future. Jesus once asked his disciples, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Mathew 6:27). How true! Worrying will take us nowhere. Instead, we can trust God. Psalm 46:1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea”.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid – John 14:27
Be an encourager. Be a volunteer. Call a friend. Send a positive word to someone. Pray for health care workers and for all those in the frontline. There are many people out there who desperately need help, a word of hope and prayer. Make a difference by being that someone for somebody who needs something.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy – Psalm 94:19
Always remember worry will never take us anywhere.
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