Unless you live in a bubble, you must have noticed that the world is going through a major crisis. It has not started yesterday but I guess we figured out how real it was with the spreading of what is now a pandemic: the coronavirus.
I am not going to elaborate on this since everybody has given its take on it. And honestly, I am tired of hearing about it. Everybody is a scientist, doctor, specialist of the virus and this is annoying. Everybody spreads rumors, conspiracy theories and bad vibes overall, this is lame.
So what do I do?
Protect my peace. I am not checking out my Twitter, I gave up on Facebook a long time ago and I overlook the news.
Nobody knows what is truly going on and everybody is freaking out. It came to a point where my fellow Frenchies and I are now confined in our houses for a couple of weeks. The army and policemen are in the streets, in order to prevent people from going outside too much. Like our President said, “this is war”.
What bothers me the most though, is the atmosphere of fear we are living in now.
According to Psychology Today, "fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger that has been pivotal throughout evolution."
We have to do the distinction between the "healthy" fear, that makes us more prudent and basically drives us to stay safe, to stay alive. "If people didn’t feel fear, they wouldn’t be able to protect themselves from legitimate threats—which often had life-or-death consequences in the ancestral world" (Psychology Today).
I also would like to add the fear of God here, as it keeps us from enjoying a life of sin and makes us wiser as it gives us a better understanding of things such as the uselessness of fear itself.
Then comes the "unhealthy" fear that is more about paranoia and phobia. This type of fear is driven by our imagination, pessimism, anxiety and has nothing rational in its core. This one is dangerous because it can lead us to do the craziest things. For instance, in France, some people bought about 200 tin cans of food, others claim to wash their fruits and vegetables with bleach... Like what?
On Sunday, I watching Itiel Arroyo's sermon. If you are not familiar, this is a Spanish Pastor who speaks a lot to the youth. He was invited to preach at our Church once and his message are really powerful and accurate.
He said that there is a bigger pandemic than the COVID-19 spreading around the world: fear. I couldn't agree more.
I know times are scary and the future seems to be more unpredictable than ever but worrying about it will not help.
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?" - Matthew 6:27
So what do we do?
Remember who is in control of everything and be grateful for His plan.
God is good guys. We were never promised the absence of storms but to have Jesus by our side to direct the boat through the waters.
Now is such the right time to show everyone how strong, confident and peaceful your faith makes you. We cannot be out here worrying about things we have no control over and expect it to actually be efficient.
Right now, the only thing we can do is to stay vigilant and prayed up. Because, yeah, even if Jesus in "the shade at our right hand" (see Psalm 121), that doesn't mean we have to act recklessly. Stay safe.
"Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools." - Proverbs 16:22
I am thankful for this peace of mind that I currently have. Quite frankly, I have no idea about what is going to happen; but I pray for the best, stay hopeful for the future and encourage others to do the same. And I know this is the God in me that is showing because I naturally am a pessimistic person and I struggle with anxiety too but oddly here, I do not worry that much. This really doesn't come from me but from the Holy Spirit that lives within me. Gotta be grateful. Thank you Lord.
Putting the worried and struggling ones in my prayers, hoping that you guys can find relief, comfort, love and peace in God's arms.
"So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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." - Matthew 6:31-34
PS: I usually share one verse per article but I needed these Scriptures to sink in your head, since they are very powerful and helpful. Keep the faith.