Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.–Paul to the early church in Philippi
Recently, probably like you, my thoughts have been consumed with the never ending stream of information regarding COVID-19 and the overwhelming wave of novel coronavirus data that’s flooding us all right now. I’ve found myself wading through pages of CDC and WHO websites and articles linked by friends and media all focused on how bad it is, how bad it’s going to be, and whether or not anything we do will be of use in reversing the tide.
The maps tell me that COVID hasn’t quite made it to our neck of the woods yet, but the grocery shelves tell me there are a lot of people afraid that it’s coming soon. I’m still not quite sure why that means there’s no toilet paper available, but who needs to take logical action when a good dose of panic will do, right? We are letting this coronavirus take up an awful lot of our mental bandwidth right now!
I realized I needed to turn my attention elsewhere. Maybe you do as well. I’m not saying we bury our heads in the stockpiled TP and pretend COVID’s not making its way across the planet… But how much more data do we need? As the situation changes, there will be new information, but what are we doing with the information we already have? The contagion that is threatening us right now more than any other is not COVID… it’s FEAR.
Can I make a couple suggestions? (I’m going to anyway…)
- Avert your eyes. Detox your mind from the COVID juices for a while and stew on something else.
- Read a good book.
- Meditate on a passage of Scripture.
- Find a virtual tour of an art gallery or something online and think about something beautiful for a while.
- Call or message someone to see how they’re doing. Share with them what God’s showing you when you’re not burying yourself in your new virology hobby.
- Go for a walk and notice the birds and squirrels (or bigger critters if you’re in the right place). They just keep doing their thing. Maybe we should, too.
- Wash your hands.
- Don’t forget you still have a mission – your life means something, so don’t stop living while you wait to see what COVID will do.
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.Paul, to Timothy (who probably needed a reminder)
Maybe your conversation with God has been drowned out a little lately… Here’s a great deal on my journal “PRAY” that can help you cut through the noise and stay connected to our Maker and Sustainer (who is not surprised at all by any of this corona business)…