You may have heard of different acronyms for the word, fear. The one I like best is False Expectations Appearing Real. The Corona virus is real, of course it is. Nothing false about it. The false thing is that everyone is going to die from it. Not true. It's a virus and it's agressive and some people are more at risk than others for developing serious complications. That's true. And it's good that the governent is taking it seriously and that we're looking out for each other. My 90 year old mother-in-law said this reminded her of the situation during World War 2. The difference is that then they could seek comfort and solace by each other. Now we're all told to avoid others. That's a huge difference!
So how to keep a cool head during this time of crisis that we're going through?
Firstly, remember that we're going through it. It won't last forever. Another thing you can do is try to focus on what is staying the same, what's lasting and what's real. Your relationships, for instance. You may not be able to go for a visit, you can send a card, call, e-mail or text each other.
And as a Christian I would also say, focus on God's love for us. No matter what we go through, we're not alone. God is with us. He's not a feeling. Someone who's blind can't see the water in the river, see the green grass or the faces of their loved ones. They can however know that the loved ones are near. We in the same way, can't see God who is a spirit. We can know He's near.
If you'd like to read or hear some good encouragement on the subject, click on the link. It's a link for the website of Pastor Rick Warren. He's the head pastor of the Saddleback church in Orange County, California. I enjoy the teachings and find them to be common sense and therefore also calming.
I wish you a calm spirit and a lot of strength in the coming weeks and months!
Psalm 23, verses 1 and 4:
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
And even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.
Walk without F.E.A.R. through the valley of the virus.
The virus won’t last and we are walking through this valley together.