In times like this

In times like this

For most of us the year 2020 started on a quiet and peaceful note. With everyone looking forward to a very interesting year. It’s 2020, Vision 2020. 

Then the news of the virus attack in China and before we know it it’s the month of March and the whole world is in chaos looking for answers and solutions to the virus pandemic.

Several thousands of death attributed to the infection and the complications from it. Life as we know it completely changed.

They say tough times never last but tough people do. Here is my humble take and suggestions of things to do while we wait for this phase of our lives to come to an end.

  • Don’t be afraid. 

It is true that the whole world is going through very difficult times due to what I like to call “virus attack”. Precious lives lost due to complications from the attack. However we cannot go into “panic mode” because it will only make matters worse. This situation is only temporary. If we heed the guidelines and instructions of the health authority we are most likely to be fine. 

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT

Take time to read, listen and gain understanding of the situation and what you can do to help. Follow the instructions and guidance of authority especially your local authority. Check the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) website for up-to-date information. Also your local Health Department.

  • Verify the information you receive before you share them.

Don’t believe or share any conspiracy theory. There is a lot of them going around. Verify information as much as you can before passing it on to others. 

  • Choose joy!

Enjoy time with family before the busyness of life kicks in again. We have a chance to stop and invest quality time in relationships that are very important to us. It’s not all bad news right? “Every cloud has a silver lining”.

  • Pray

Needless to say this situation is not one that we have experienced before. The virus is new hence its shaking humanity but only for a while. This may have caught us unawares but not our God who sees and knows all things. Hence we must ask for His help to stop the outbreak and unnecessary torture and deaths from the virus attack. 

I’ve always believed in the power of prayers to turn situations around and I have never been disappointed. 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phil 4:6-7 ESV

  • Keep a diary.

Lessons learnt at such a time like this will become relevant and useful in the future.

  •  Live and thrive. 

Whatever decisions you make during this difficult times will determine a lot of things in the future. Hence we must be careful to make choices that will benefit our overall well-being and those of our loved ones.

This is not the first pandemic to affect humanity. Generations before us have experienced different pandemics…. Cholera outbreak (1854), Spanish Flu (1918), the most recent that we all remember Ebola virus outbreak (2014-2016), and several others. Our attitude and posture of courage strength, hope and determination will go a long way in helping us to victory.

According to the Bible, we have been commanded to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. We are also to have dominion and subdue it. Genesis 1:28

This virus is no match to humanity, we will subdue it. 

Many thanks to men and women who are working tireless to find a cure, develop vaccine, develop models to understand the current situation and overcome it. 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Let prayers continue to go up as we wait patiently for the end of this pandemic. It won’t be long!

While we wait don’t stop living your best life!

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