With COVID-19 taking breath away across the country – literally – I feel a need to respond.
If you are not aware of what COVID-19 is, consider an internet search for some true facts. There is a lot of hysteria out there. While COVID is scary – and people are in fact dying – panic, fear, and hysteria are no helpers in this matter.
My humble opinion is this: Be serious. Be concerned. Be smart. Be kind. Above all, show love in a kind, yet distant, way. Because really, this is a true test of character and integrity. All this messed up stuff – people getting sick, dying, fear – all of it will show what is within me. I heard an interesting thought from a mentor. He said something along the lines of this, “When trials come and things are tough, it is as if a person is a sponge being squeezed. What comes out is what is truly inside. You cannot hide the truth when life squeezes you.” That’s my version of his truth.
Thanks, Scott Black, for this lesson, among many others.
The truth of it all is that since things are so tough, many people are having a strong response to God at this time. Not everyone is on board with the idea that God has anything to do with this, though. In my view, God cannot be taken out of the picture. Since God created the world and since God loves, why is all this happening? Why is rarely a question that is answered. And when I have gotten the answer it brought little hope, happiness or peace. No. “What now” is the question to ask.
What do I do now?
Now is a prime time to draw near to God. Study the Bible. Stop just reading the Bible and actually study it. Pick a topic, such as peace, and study that topic. Before all this started I began a study of James. I am still working on James chapter 1, which starts with:
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.James 1:2James 1:2
“Troubles of any kind” So death? Illness? Depression? These are what?
“opportunity for great joy” How do any of these things bring joy?
This begs the question, “What is JOY?”
I can tell you what joy is NOT. Joy is NOT happiness. They are not one in the same at all. Happiness is Christmas presents. Joy is the reason I celebrate Christmas in the first place – Christ.
So all these things are an opportunity for not just joy, but in this version is says “great joy?” Yes.
Tune in next time as I discuss how that is even possible. GREAT JOY in a time like this.
Be blessed in this time of trial.
Maggie A. ‘Spoon