We are living today in unprecedented times for sure. If you listen to the 24-hour news cycle, you hear frequently changing advice, instructions, or warnings. The outbreak of COVID-19 has come upon us suddenly and has thrust us into an environment in which, no matter where you live, fear may have become your daily companion.
As a family caregiver, you have many reasons to experience fear caused by the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. First, your loved one might be in the most vulnerable population, and you worry that s/he will contract the virus. Next, you fear that you will catch the virus, and either be unable to provide the care to your mom or dad or even worse, that you will infect them before you know that you are ill! You fear for the economy, for the loss of your job or your friend or spouse’s job, or even that there won’t be any food left by the time you get to the grocery store. And worst of all, what if there’s no toilet paper left? These are strange times, indeed.
Fear is a powerful emotion that can be paralyzing, and it can become a barrier that prevents us from focusing on the most important things. When we experience fear, our brains move from their rational, reasoning part (the frontal cortex), to the fight-or-flight part (the amygdala), which gives us our emotions and survival instincts. We stop reasoning and start reacting, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. As believers and followers of Christ, we need to cling to and claim God’s promises. Remember, we are called to live, not in fear, but in faith that God is in control, and He will give us all that we need, exactly when we need it. Even the toilet paper!
During this time of social distancing and self-imposed quarantines, we all have time to draw closer to God through Scripture study, personal prayer, and worship. Communities cancel concerts and events, professional and amateur sports teams put seasons on hold, and groups and churches stop meeting together. Employers move their people home or give furloughs for the coming weeks or months. During this time of dwindling distractions and decreasing obligations, believers have an opportunity to demonstrate to the world what is really important, and far more powerful than the Coronavirus.
While we may not be able to gather in person, we can come to the foot of the cross together in spirit. We can also “gather” socially and speak truth to a world quaking in fear. Use your social media platforms to raise your voice and be heard over the din of the world’s whining and proclaim your faith in what is truly important…that Jesus Christ is your Lord and your God will overcome this sickness because He is the Great Physician. Remember 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us “… God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” It’s time to speak up and make your voice heard!
Chris and I hope you’ll join us this week here at Heart of the Caregiver and share your heart about proclaiming your assurance of salvation during these challenging times.