These are strange times. It is so easy to let the anxiety of the unknown, and the uncertainty of best practices and our future, loosen our confidence. It is easy to slip into the spirit of finger pointing, irritation, and distrustful doomsaying. We are called away from such a spirit, toward the Spirit we have been given, that stands alongside us. Within us.
The mind has always required a deliberate grip to steer it. Without conscious guidance, it is a bit like a brilliant, hyperactive child—responding to stimulus reactively, and often excessively, without the benefit of gathering the wisdom from experience and inner strength it possesses.
Intentionally, we must place filters on our minds as we take in information. Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15). Invite it to rule. Allow it to rule. Accept it as the holy and mysterious gift it is.
We can be at peace, knowing that above all created things, our LORD has sovereignty. He is in control.
We can at peace, knowing that He is faithful in all of His promises, as He has shown over and over again.
We can be confident, that even amid what is difficult, exhausting, and unknown, He has a plan that shepherds humanity toward Him and ultimate Rest in His Presence.
With that in mind, over my mind, I am thankful.
I am thankful that our global population is, for a large part, not isolated as in times past. There is sharing of information, practices, and resources. Technology and other advances have made this possible. Warnings and proactive responses, while not perfect, are possible.
I am thankful for the tirelessly giving souls in the medical field, political leadership, military, police, and other safety support groups. They are learning as they go, and we are called to extend them grace for missteps, and pray for their wisdom.
I am thankful for corporations, management, distribution workers, and store clerks in the supply chain that respond to the wave of demand with patience and care.
I pray for those that have loved ones that are vulnerable to viruses—for their protection and comfort.
I pray for the millions worldwide that will suffer economic hardship in order to protect their communities—for those that depend on group gatherings to pay their bills, the cooks, the wait staff, the event planners, the retail clerks, the production employees, the airline workers…
I pray for the nursing home staffs that will dispense love and care in our absence to our older and infirmed.
I pray for the epidemiologists that research and advise, that their knowledge and understanding increase.
I pray for the international community, that it will be kind, be patient, and be selfless in every trial.
And I am thankful for this opportunity for the world to pull together instead of apart.