Day 74 –
I have been processing and praying about how to write about the Covid-19. Let’s face it. It seems to be infiltrating every conversation and action in our communities and in our churches. When it comes to anxiety in the midst of a crisis (emotional and spiritual) I get on my knees and I work every angle to be released from the anxious thoughts. When it comes to a health crisis, my heart and my mind go quiet and my nursing training/experience takes over. I am always ready to be a nurse those who are sick, to grieve with those who have lost and to encourage those who are afraid.
As a Jesus follower, should my response be any different than my nurse response? My peace can be greater in my knowledge of our God than in my knowledge in the medical things. My understanding of God in the midst of crisis has been increased from my nursing experience. My perspective comes from hours of processing His goodness, His sovereignty and His faithfulness as I have cared for hundreds of people in the middle of health scares, illnesses, viruses and unforeseen accidents.
So what truths have I learned? Here are some of the ones I am focused on this time around.
From Numbers 21, Psalm 24 and 146:
- He hears our grumbling — (My perspective on the story) The people of Israel grumbled against God and Moses, saying, “Why have you taken us out of our captivity where we feasted and brought us into the wilderness (freedom) and given us no bread, no water and hatred for what has been provided?” Because of their grumbling God brought snakes to redirect the people.
- He hears our repentance — The people went to Moses, confessing their sin. They requested he pray to God for relief from the snakes. Moses prayed for the people.
- He lifts up our heads — God commanded a bronze snake be made and placed on a pole, that anyone who had been bitten could look up, see the snake and be healed. (FYI-this is where we get the medical symbol – snakes on a pole)
- “Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” Psalm 24:7-8
- He can be sought — “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who see your face, God of Jacob.” Psalm 24:3-6
- He is the One to worship — “All my life long I’ll praise God” Psalms 146:2
- He provides — “God made sky and soil, sea and all the fish in it. He always does what he says—he defends the wronged, he feeds the hungry. God frees prisoners—he gives sight to the blind, he lifts up the fallen.” Psalms 146:6-8
- He is in control: “God’s in charge—always. Zions’ God is God for good!” Psalms 146:10
There are so many more promises God gives us in his Word in hopes we cling to him for our peace. I don’t have the answers as to why a virus has been running rampage on our world, but I do believe in God. Let us confuse our sins, our pride and our fear to the God who hears. Let us look to him, the Lifter of our heads, and worship him. He is worthy, he provides and he is in control.
God also gave the world nurses. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home if you are sick and be gracious to the world around you. Even if you have peace in the midst of the storm, your friend, neighbor or spouse may still be learning these things.
May your faces be lifted up and your hands clean!