Exodus 9:15 – For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.
Recently the governor of California declared that because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) everyone was ordered to stay home.
At first, it didn’t seem like such a bad thing to do, but once we were under the order and home, it quickly became another form of fear and isolation. I understand the reason for the order, but it doesn’t make my emotions stable when I feel trapped.
I think of all the people who are losing their income because they can’t go to work, and my heart goes out to all the employers who are losing the ability to create revenue.
Where will this all lead us? Even after the order to be housebound is lifted, life will still not be the same.
Those businesses that were closed, will they open again? Can they bring about a quick enough turn around that brings customers back? And will their employees be rehired? Will the losses be so great that they must close for good?
A lot of questions that will need to be answered when life attempts to return to “normal”. I do know that this will be remembered in the history books. And the fear we felt will also be noted.
How long will it take for the shelves to be full again? Will people still hoard food and toilet paper? Will they be able to let go of the anxiety and begin to take a deep breath and move on?
According to politico.com in their article, “Coronavirus will Change the World Permanently. Here’s how.” One way is it could become second nature to avoid shaking hands or touching our faces, and we may still wash our hands frequently. Where we used to enjoy each other’s company, may turn to avoiding people for fear of getting sick by another means. Doctors and the medical profession doing their jobs has caused them to be on the front line putting their own health at risk. The virus may help us bind together as one nation instead of being fragmented into political parties. As we face one common enemy that lives within our nation, we may be united.
In the meantime, look at the Bible verse above. It was the time when Moses was to lead the people of Israel out of the land of the Egyptians and to freedom. For the pharaoh to agree to this, he had to be shown what God could do and Pharaoh couldn’t stop. In this present time, I believe that the virus is like a plague from days of old. But know that God is still in control. We are to turn to him and give him our fears and our lives.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.