For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
As a college counselor, I frequently told students about two surefire causes of stress: not knowing what is expected of us and having no power to change things. Professors didn’t always make it clear what a student was expected to do to pass a course, and therefore, the students often felt powerless to make needed changes. Students and I often reviewed the course syllabus with the student, brainstormed ways to better understand the professor’s expectations, and developed decisive steps—however small—to improve the student’s performance in class.
As we are navigating uncharted territory with the Coronavirus pandemic, I can see the same two causes of stress are at play in our nation. From the outset we’ve been getting mixed messages about the right things to do and who should do them, and most of us are feeling very powerless. Government officials are being asked to make life and death decisions for us, but many officials are unsure how to proceed themselves. And even when decisions are made, officials are finding that availability of equipment is lacking and supply chains aren’t working as they should. The risks our front-line workers are taking daily to care for the ill and dying are cause for tremendous stress. And individual citizens are torn between staying home to reduce the spread of the disease, and wanting to resume work and travel to pay their bills. On the news tonight, a woman protesting her state’s stay-at-home order said she would rather take her chances of contracting COVID 19 than to sit at home any longer. I sincerely hope she doesn’t have to learn the hard way what that means.
Where is God in all of this? We know we live in a fallen world, and human beings have made many mistakes in dealing with this pandemic. Through it all, however, God’s message hasn’t changed: He does not want us to fear what is happening or what’s to come. He wants us to use common sense and the best medical advice we can attain, while trusting God to provide His strength to carry us through.
Healing God, shine Your light on the best solutions we have right now, and give us courage to survive this frightening time. Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has over thirty years’ experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, war veterans, and other trauma survivors. Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .