I live in Binghamton, New York, where we are now under a curfew decreed by our mayor to help keep us safe from the Covid-19 virus. As if forcibly staying home between 10pm and 5am will magically make all of this craziness disappear.
Guess what, folks? In my job, I don’t have the option of staying home. I am a direct support professional (DSP) at a group home for people who have special needs. If I don’t show up for work, someone either has to come in to take my place or staff that have been working a looooong shift already can’t go home unless someone replaces them. We take care of people, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That doesn’t change because of any illness.
And now, because of the virus, it’s even more important for us to keep our folks safe. Extra hand washing. Screening people who come in and out of the group homes. Watching close for any signs of illness. Constantly striving to keep the group homes as clean as possible to diminish not only the possibility of Covid-19, but also all the other illnesses we usually deal with this time of year, like the flu and stomach bugs. Praying that we don’t catch anything ourselves or spread stuff around to our families, friends, co-workers, church families…anyone we come in contact with.
I am also concerned as a mom of 4 who has 2 kids that work in a grocery store, 1 that works in a pharmacy, and 1 that works in a hospital. I am trying not to let my nervousness get the best of me, but I can’t help worrying that they are at risk because of the different types of people they come in contact with. What if they catch it at work from someone?
I can choose to make myself crazy, worrying about what might POSSIBLY happen, or I can pray for the situation at hand. It feels like this just dropped on us so quickly, as if, in a twinkling, everything changed.
But, did it?
None of this is a surprise to God. He knew we would be going through this situation even as far back as the creation of the Earth. He will be glorified through this, although we may not know how, or even why.
Psalm 34:4 (NIV) says “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” We can trust that when we have questions about what is going on in our crazy world, we can ask Him and He will not only give us an answer, He will walk through our fear with us.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Did you catch the 2 words that make this verse so special? The first one is all. We are to cast all our anxiety on God. Not some. Not just a little bit. All. No holding back. No pretending to be brave when we really aren’t. The second word is cares. God cares for us. He doesn’t just tolerate us or observe us with disdain. He cares for us because He is our Heavenly Father and He loves us.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) says “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” God is present with us in every situation. We never go through anything alone, even if we try to push Him away. We can trust that He will walk with us through every trial of our lives, no matter how impossible it may seem.
God is with us, through Covid-19, through personal difficulties, through pain and sorrow, through joy and celebration. He is the Lord of all. He is the Master of all. Nothing gets by Him, nothing happens without His permission. All is designed as part of His Will.