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I am writing this on the last day of March but I know that most of my readers will read this article next month! Haha!
Speaking of which…. April Fools Day to you! Make sure to prank someone today and bring some laughter amid the ongoing #Coronavirus restrictions.
The month of March saw the whole world literally come to a stand still due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Schools have been closed, some countries have imposed a total lock-down, other countries have enforced curfews, travel has been curtailed, the stock market is crumbling, businesses are folding up, staff are being laid off en masse, people are dying in the tens of thousands and it seems that everything that could go wrong… actually did!
Many have lost their loved ones, some have lost their source(s) of income and generally, there is a feeling of despondency and desperation globally right now.
During the month of February, I was on a month-long fast and part of the things that I put aside during the period of sanctification was social media usage; so come March, I was roaming the Twitter streets with a vengeance!
Unfortunately, March was the very same month that COVID-19 hit hardest and my social media timeline would be full of news of the pandemic. I noticed that world over, some people were asking, whether overtly or subliminally; “Where is God?” “Why is the church quiet during this time?” “Why aren’t Christians healing the sick at time when it is most needed?” Well, God never left His throne. God knew the end even before time began. Also, where are the Christians anyway? Why is the world not feeling their impact during this period?
I pose a challenge to each and every one of us, to go the extra mile and reach out to those who are in desperate situations. It could be giving donations to the needy or buying sanitizers and masks for those who can’t afford such; it could be giving a word of encouragement tor those in anguish after losing their job or getting a massive pay cut. There is so much room for us to act. The world needs Christ and we are Christ’s ambassadors here on earth.
Let us not stop praying for our leaders, that God will grant them the wisdom to make decisions that will assuage the matter. Let’s pray for the scientists and researchers as they toil in the laboratories day and night searching for a vaccine or a cure for the disease. Let us pray for everyone in the front-line in the fight against coronavirus; that the Lord will grant them His strength to enable them deal with the overwhelming situation.
The times may be tough but we have God and that’s all that matters. Let us remain hopeful and joyful in spite of the circumstances around us:
Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines,
even though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no grain,
even though the sheep all die
and the cattle stalls are empty,
I will still be joyful and glad,
because the Lord God is my savior.
The Sovereign Lord gives me strength.
He makes me sure-footed as a deer
and keeps me safe on the mountains.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (GNT)
The verse above poetically elaborates that regardless of how the dire the situation may be, our joy should on anchored on the fact that the Lord is our Saviour.
Today, I am here to encourage you to remain hopeful and keep your trust in the Lord. Also, make concerted efforts in reaching out to the less fortunate and helping out where you can.
“I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’”
Matthew 25:33-40 (GNT)
Stay safe. Sanitize. Observe social distancing. Wash your hands and remember, God is still in control.