“Please don’t die Mom!”, a child pleaded to his mother as she prepared to return to the hospital for yet another bedside shift beside her COVID-19 patients.
“It’s all so scary,” commented a senior by phone, isolated in her small apartment.
Children and older ones often voice anxieties as they fear for their outcome and fear of the unknown can be one cause of emotional turmoil many of us are experiencing during this global pandemic.
Until recently, we have been making plans, following our goals, enjoying our chosen lifestyle and suddenly, we’ve been robbed of our normalcy and lost control of our lives. Social distancing has replaced family routine; fear of contact with others; fear of becoming ill with COVID-19; fear of death consumes our thoughts.
What will be the answer to our fears? To whom can we look for help? Some are working to provide a vaccine, but that may take up to two years! How many more will die in the meantime?
When in desperate need, there’s another to whom we can turn. The Bible tells us that God is above all. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place keeping watch on the evil and the good,” says Proverbs 15:3.
The Bible says that during the reign of Ahasuerus, King of the Persians and Medes that Queen Esther’s people, including herself, were to be annihilated. Fear and terror reigned among her people, but Esther knew the God of Israel, the only true God. Esther and her people fasted and prayed to God for protection, as she risked her own life to venture before the king. God honored Esther because she trusted herself to him. Her faith in God resulted in the salvation of her nation.
In our fear, should we not consider turning to the same God? He sent His Son to die for us!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God to not send His Son into the world to condemn the world. But so that the world might be saved through him,” says John 3:16-17.
While we protect our physical health, consider our spiritual health too.