I’ve felt challenged about something the past few days. We are living in a crazy season with what is going on in our world right now. My mind can’t seem to comprehend that this is real life and I’m not actually playing some role in a movie.
The fact that I feel the need to make sure I have plenty of handsoap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper for my family and yet can’t seem to find it anywhere is surreal. (I actually get my handsoap and hand sanitizer from Young Living and not stressing about the stores right now, so if you need any, I’m your girl).
There has been this underlying reaction of the mass hysteria going on that people are just going overboard. “Can’t we all just relax and be normal and wash our hands?” has been what comes out of my mouth lately. But then I was confronted with the reality that many of us are just living out of fear. That many of the ones stocking up on toilet paper and hand soap like it’s going out of style are scared. Scared of the unknown and that the world they know is changing. Fearful of sickness because of their own health issues. Afraid that if they don’t stock up, something will happen and they won’t have that baby formula when they actually need it because everyone ELSE is hoarding it like crazy. Everyday is full of more uncertainty and if I think about it long enough, I too can get swept up in fear.
But praise the Lord, we have a Hope. As a believer and follower of Jesus, I am called to trust in Him and Him alone. To not be shaken by the circumstances around me because “He alone is my rock and my salvation” (Psalm 62:6). My hope and trust are in Him. And I am called to share that hope with others, especially those gripped by fear. There is so much freedom in believing that while I have no idea what our near future holds, I trust the Lord will make good of all that is happening and He WILL provide for my needs.
I have felt so moved to really have compassion on those of us that are facing this situation with deep fear. It’s so easy to be critical and judgemental of those that are “overreacting” when really, I need to remember what fear does. I need to remember that with fear there is the acknowledgement of truth in my mind, but I just can’t get my body to respond the same way.
I have lived through seasons of deep fear. And while my fear was not of a worldwide virus that seems to be rampant with no cure yet, fear is fear. And it is crippling. It is scary. It looms over you and you feel there is no escape. You can’t breathe and you can barely function normally.
Maybe you can relate to living in fear and just being reminded of a fearful season can stir up those emotions so quickly, you don’t have time to think. Maybe you are living in a state of fear right now, just going through these days of not knowing what’s ahead. I would love to pray for you and help you find hope, please reach out to me.
And as we go about our day and are faced with the reality that some necessities like toilet paper and handsoap are scarce, let’s resolve to quiet the negative words and instead offer compassion and hope to those around us as we all face this time of uncertainty together.