Journaling the Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic, Reflection #46

April 27, 2020

Was there not enough…I ask of God.
Do you sometimes ask of God? That old adage, supposedly in the bible, but not really, “God will not give you a burden that you are not strong enough to carry,” comes to mind. No, it’s not in the bible, although Corinthians does mention not being given more temptation than you can handle.

So, how were things going before the virus? How much worse did things get because of the virus? How much did things get better? There is a silver lining in all abrupt and violent changes. Many times it is only in people getting close together to handle the situation that results. That was the case after 911 and its the case now. So many pay a huge price, like small business owners and operators across the land. The national response to 911 was as bizarrely inequitable and unfair, in general, as it has been to the virus, but we do not live at the general level, at least not most of us. We live at home, at work, and out at the shops and among the people in our communities.

Have you not noticed that more people wave at one another than before? Driving is a more simple affair, although there are a few instances of rage because people are so upset about other things? The air is clearer, the water purer and the system has not failed. We are not out of food at stores or other staples either. There is doom and gloom coming out of the television set every day but the awful car crashes and murders are no longer much there to befuddle and make us feel bad. The virus news replaced that. Note that good news is not a staple of mass media. We watch bad news because, over time, the media figured out that we feel better about our own situation, which is not as bad when we watch others in worse trouble. So they give us worse trouble.

Fight that tendency to go with that. I constantly, or at least intermittently, comment about the New Testament. Read those parts that make you feel great, like the 23rd Psalm. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Go out today with the smile you now should have spreading across your face after reading that, and wearing the armor of Christ on your chest.

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