“Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1Corinthians 2:16
It feels surreal, everything that we are doing as a global population to fight covid-19. I’m sure if you are waking up this Monday morning not going into work you might feel differently. Because both David and I work from home, and we have been homeschooling Isaac for more than a year, this Monday feels like any other. I wake up, walk the dog, and then Isaac and I sit down to do our school work. There’s still no teenager walking around (even though he isn’t at school, he won’t appear until sometime after mid-day).
But, the reality of our new lives with Covid-19 doesn’t take that long to worm it’s way back into the spotlight of even my life. I have only to open a newspaper, Facebook, turn on the TV. I think what scares me most is the unknown. How long will we live apart from our loved ones? How long will we be laid off from our jobs? Will we have jobs to go back to? How will the world be different?
I have been trying to fill my days so that I don’t have to engage these fears. Cleaning closest, painting bedrooms. But in those moments of stillness, as I lie in bed at night I can feel the fear creeping into my heart. Who will I lose before this is over? If I get covid-19 will I make it? Maybe you’ve experienced some, or even all, of these same thoughts. The only solution I have is to turn to God. Every time I feel my chest tighten, or my stress and anxiety start to rise I turn to my Heavenly Father.
In Matthew 6:25-27 Jesus tells his followers “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body… look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who among you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
and in Matthew 6:33-34 he reminds us “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
And in 1 Corinthians 2:9 Paul reminds us that “No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I’m just going to keep holding on to these messages of hope and trust that my Father in heaven is bigger than anything I could fear here on earth.
Here’s a song that I hope will help lift you up today if you are feeling scared or blue.