Everywhere I turn, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is about the coronavirus. My initial reaction when all this hit the news was to ignore it. A couple weeks ago I went to Costco for my normal shopping and unexpectedly encountered a sea of people buying up bottled water. Then the county next to mine canceled school for a day. A week ago karate black belt testing did elbow touches instead of high fives. What is going on?
And then everything seemed to tank over night. March Madness canceled?! A church canceling services?! Travel ban with Europe?! Universities sending students home?! My stable world turned upside down and I was left floundering wanting simply to crawl into bed and not face this new and very unexpected reality.
But God used a friend to strengthen me. A simple text. I expressed my struggle. She responded with wisdom and insight. I felt better. Clarity gained.
Then I faced feeding my family. Walmart canceled my pickup order. I went inside and the shelves were bare throughout the grocery area. I walked through the store overwhelmed trying to process what I was seeing and attempting to adapt. Again, God used a friend to strengthen me. A simple text. I expressed my struggle. She responded with wisdom and insight. I felt better. Clarity gained.
When my pastor announced on Live Stream today that his message was “Making Sense of the Coronavirus,” I was anxious to hear the wisdom and insight he had to share with our church body all spread out in our individual homes. Once again, I felt better. Clarity gained.
Viruses spread throughout the world but so do words of strength and encouragement. We might be isolated now for a time striving to stop the spread of a deadly virus, but may we continue to pour into each other sharing our struggles and strengthening one another and in the process spread unprecedented amounts of encouragement!
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.