Our world is currently experiencing an enormous challenge in the shape of this quickly spreading virus. Some people have become extremely fearful. Often this fear takes the form of lashing out in anger or hoarding items they perceive to be essential.
Rather than give in to these things, I entered my prayer closet and sat with God awhile. When I came out, I realized that I could be grateful for even this. Here are six reasons that I am grateful the COVID-19 virus came along.
- It makes me humble. I am not as strong as I like to believe. The world tells us that we are strong and powerful, that we can do anything. It also tells us that we deserve everything, so we should go out and get it. Reality is, I am not powerful at all. I am weak and I am afraid. Yet God is All Powerful. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9
- It makes me remember God. The most important things in life are not buying a new shiny car, or going to the next big party. The most important things in life are God, people and showing love in tangible ways. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt 22:37
- It gives me an opportunity to stand up and encourage other people. The Oxford dictionary defines to encourage as to give support, confidence, and/or hope to another. Some synonyms are to uplift, inspire and motivate. A community or society of people can withstand and accomplish SO much, if they strive to encourage one another daily. “Encourage one another daily.” Hebrews 3:13
- It gives me an opportunity to show grace to others. People are scared and not acting like themselves, but they are doing the best they can. Neighbors, companies and corporations are made up of people who are doing the best they can. The customer service person on the other end of the line has probably had a harder day than I have. A gentle and patient voice can go a long way to helping others make it through their day. Rather than lashing out in anger or suing people for not being perfect: take a deep breath, smile and tell them ‘Thank You’. I want to be known as a person who made it better, rather than a person who made it worse.
- It gives me time for concentrated Bible Study and Prayer. Instead of running to more meetings and meeting friends for drinks, I now have time to find a quiet place where I can open my Bible and search the scriptures. I can now sit at the feet of the Almighty God of the Universe and praise Him for his Power and Love. I can ask Him for His will and for direction in my life. If you draw close to Him, He will draw close to you. He is only waiting for you to open the door, then He will come in and meet with you. (Rev. 3:20)
- It gives me time to read a great book. There are so many out there!
- https://www.kingsenglish.com/newsletter This is a fantastic independent bookstore that has a newsletter (Inkslinger) with reviews of some wonderful books. Check it out!
- https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/ Even more books to view here!
- https://www.christianbook.com/page/christian-books?navcat=Books This site has so many books available, it would take years of secret little viruses to get through them all.
- https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/264.Books_That_Everyone_Should_Read_At_Least_Once This list of classics is full of high-quality literature that will never go out of demand.
“Social Distancing” will not always be with us – but for now, let’s focus on, and enjoy, what we CAN do, not bemoan what we cannot.
No matter where we are or what we are doing – we can always spend more time with God!
“Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Cor 1:3
Please share a suggestion or a story to tell about a positive way someone is spending their days.