During this coronavirus pandemic, I have discovered it is so easy to get distracted. I get up. Do some Bible reading, pray, eat breakfast. I am ready to start the day and take on the world. Then I turn on the news or read some new information about the coronavirus situation.
I find myself getting a little agitated or depressed. I hear one news story that contradicts another news story. I am confused. What is the truth? I go on Facebook and one person is saying one thing about the coronavirus while another person is taking an opposite stance. It is easy to be pulled in and to think negatively about a person who doesn’t think the way you think.
Soon I realized that whatever I woke up thinking has been pushed aside. Then I remember a Bible verse I read from Hebrews 6:10.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
I am brought back out of the distraction and realize the coronavirus situation is an opportunity to help people and show Jesus’ love. It isn’t about who is right or wrong. It is about helping. I remember the quote from Mr. Rogers and the series we just did: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
I have heard stories and spoke to people who are hurting. A mother of two said, “staff was cut in half and my hours are cut in half. I don’t know how I am going to make my mortgage payment this month. No one is coming into the store.”
Another person told me, “I have never seen it so bad here. I am afraid we are going to close. Our hours are already cut. I love this job. Where am I going to go? What I do for a living is being cut everywhere. How do I get by?”
I think of that verse, “continue to help them.”
I am one person. What can I do? I know God did not put these people in my path by accident. I try to decide what is my part. I pray and ponder and I make my decision. Every day I will buy gift cards from businesses that are hurting or eat at least one meal from a business that is hurting. They need my prayers, but they also need my business. I can be one who helps.
In this time, it is an opportunity to stop and pray and ask God, “What is my part?” Every person will probably have a different answer. That is wonderful. We are fearfully and wonderfully made with unique and incredible abilities to affect lives around us.
This virus is an opportunity to help.