I want to turn your attention to this verse I found in the bible. I stumbled upon it one evening and it hit really close to home in terms of what is going on in the world right now.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek me face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7: 13-14)
As you know, the current climate of the world is frightening due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. It's safe to say I, along with the rest of the world, were not expecting this virus to impact our daily lives. It was as if one minute the virus was solely concentrated in China, and the next, it was right in our backyards.
Throughout these last 2 weeks of mayhem, we have been ordered to stay home, gather food and supplies to last for an unknown amount of time, and practice social distancing. Along with the empty shelves in the stores and constant news coverage on this pandemic, I truly feel like I'm living in a modern day Apocalypse. I, among so many others, were not expecting to live through such an event in our lives, ever. This is definitely something I will most certainly tell my kids about, if this doesn't make the history books first.
As a follower of Christ, I have always known that everything that occurs under the sun has a purpose, even if it seems ugly at first. The rapid spreading of this virus, which has caused strict daily living guidelines, has revealed something so deep within me. I truly believe this major pause in the world is meant to wake believers, and non-believers, up! We, the human race, have lost the importance of life and what we value. I believe this "pausing" of the world is meant to give us a warning that if we don't stop and acknowledge who is in control, we could be headed for disaster.
Let's be honest, humans can be selfish and prideful. We tend to quickly forget that we are not the source of things, and have this perception of we rule and control everything around us. Oh, how a pandemic can quickly halt that thought process huh?
This pandemic has proven to me that we are not in control. We never have been, and no matter how much we "think" we have control, we never will be. We are simply vessels that are used for a greater purpose, and that purpose, or assignment, is given to us from God. God created everything. God has the answers, the cures, the "why" to everything. But, when we go through life more focused on hustling, getting the biggest house, the most expensive cars, having the right handbags and shoes, making sure we look perfect for the gram, and become too busy to spend time with family, let alone God, we get lost in the sauce, so to speak.
We have lost the essence of life.
Life is about love. Being a representation of love. Spreading love.
Sometimes God will use such a disaster to occur, to get us to realize we have to shift the tides. Think about it....we've all become too busy for anything.
Too busy for our family. Too busy for our children. Too busy for our friends. Too busy to put down our phones and connect with actual humans, and sadly too busy for God, our Creator.
To all the parents out there complaining to be around their kids 24/7: yes I know kids can be rambunctious at times, and food bills might be going up, but imagine those who wished they had kids of their own? Imagine the moments you get to create now that you can spend time with them? It's priceless.
To those who haven't forgiven family members from petty arguments from years ago, imagine if you never called them to say "I love you" before they left this world?
To those who are too busy for friends: send that text to check up on them without asking anything from them. Just be a friend, a shoulder to cry for them.
And for anyone else thinking they are too busy for God, or thinking God won't accept them because of their past, or current behaviors, trust me, God will meet you where you're at. Flawed and all. His love surpasses any human's ability to love.
I challenge you, the reader, to take this pause of life to take note of what you placed as more valuable than the life God gave you? What things might need to change? How might countries be better equipped for handling another crisis like this? How can you practice daily changes to get off your phone, your tablets, your computers, and create moments with those you love?
The tides are shifting, and if you seek hard enough, you'll realize the shift is leading us back home, to God.