Throughout my lifetime, I have seen and heard of many individuals and organizations giving and making large sacrifices for those who are less fortunate or in a crisis, but never before have I seen it on such a grand scale since the inception of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Encountering friendly people and conversations has always been around, but here again, never have I seen it like this before. I don’t know when last have I seen such low gas prices. There have been a multitude of Facebook postings reflecting God and His infinite wisdom and love and those of encouragement and inspiration. People are genuinely seeking forgiveness from others. Many are reconnecting with relatives and friends.
Pause for just a moment because I have a genuine question! What will our attitudes be like after the pandemic? Will they be the same as now, a new normal, or will we go right back to “business as usual?”
Deuteronomy 4:30 (ESV) declares, “When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice.” Many trials, tribulations, and tragedies have changed the culture of our world, but nothing in modern times to the extent of this pandemic. It caught us unprepared in more ways than one. However, there is much to be learned from this world crisis:
• We must put God at the forefront of our lives if we want Him to heal the world.
• Studying the Word of God is paramount.
• There are things we have that we can do without.
• Spending quality time with family and friends is so important.
• Taking time for ourselves to regroup can be like new medicine.
• Catching up on things that we have procrastinated about doing is a necessity.
• Helping others who are less fortunate pleases God mightily.
Consequently, when this pandemic is alleviated or comes to an end, what will our attitudes be like? James 1:12 (ESV) states, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
• Are we going to pass by others we know and pretend we don’t know them?
• Will we be more actively involved in our churches, or will some of us continue to be “pew warmers?”
• Will we respect the church as a haven of worship, praise and peace, or will we make it a den of chaos and confusion?
• Will we continue to give of our means and time to help others, or will we go back to being hoarders of our possessions, ignoring the less fortunate?
• Are we going to volunteer in our communities more or just sit back and say, “I don’t live over there, so what they do is on them because it doesn’t involve my family members or me?”
• Will we better prepare our financial situations, or will we keep going with the flow and get caught off guard again?
• Are we going to continue the proper hygiene guidelines, or will some of us go back to unsanitary ways of living?
• Will we buy things we don’t really need, or will we do more to help others?
• What are we going to do to better educate ourselves and teach our children about the coming of Christ?
• Are we going to treat our fellow man the way that we want to be treated, or are we going to act as if we are above everyone else with no regards for others’ feelings?
Have you given some thought to the pressing question in this message? God is waiting…
Have a wonderfully blessed week, be safe, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)