About three weeks ago on March 12, I had a FaceTime chat with my parents, and brother with his family in honor of my birthday. During those chats we discussed my flight back to the US on April 15, and beginning of furlough in May. Everyone told me not to really worry about the coronavirus affecting my return home, the worst thing to happen would be a self-quarantine once I got back to Richmond.
Its amazing how one week changed things
Four days after those FaceTime chats my father was telling me it would be best to stay there
Six days after not worrying much at all I cancelled my tickets
I was absolutely overwhelmed this morning reading articles about the affect corona has had on the world. These articles had a great affect on me because Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has only had one case, and no deaths from the virus. The first emotion was guilt…but it was soon followed by worship of God for His protection
As a missionary in Saint Vincent, a lot of people have asked me what I believe God is doing with the coronavirus, and my answer is always the same…
He is trying to get our attention
It’s my opinion that many of us (Christians and unbelievers alike) have developed a “domesticated” view of God. A view of God that feels He can be ignored or disobeyed without any kind of consequences whatsoever. One that believes God can be called upon to help when we “really need Him”.
the problem with that view of God is it doesn’t exist
I’m reminded of Job who because of his friends lack of comfort, begins to bitterly question the justice of God. So God Himself shows up in chapter thirty-eight and begins to question Job directly. At the end of these questions, Jobs response is one of complete humility.
Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
For me the heart-breaking impact of the coronavirus is God’s way of reminding us who He truly is
- A God who can with one germ, shut down entire Countries
- A God who cannot be controlled, no matter hard we try
- A God whose plans always come to pass, whether we want them to or not
Seeing God as He truly is leads us just like Job to a place of repentance and humility…
God has always demanded our attention and worship [“thou shalt have no their Gods before me”]. Sadly many of us have chosen to ignore God instead of focusing on Him, so He forces us to give our undivided attention.
My heart does break for those suffering and dying from the Coronavirus. But at the same time my heart submits to the God who is much bigger than we imagine.