That SCARY PANDEMIC!
When I was younger, I have always prayed to the Lord to please spare me from experiencing the Third World War. I pray to die before the Rapture because it will be too freaky for me to experience the end times. I know and I believe that the end of days will be scary, for Christians and for non-believers alike. Christians are excited for the Second Coming because why won’t we, right?
As I grew older and as I become more aware about the happenings in the world, I had to rescind my prayer requests to please just let me die according to my time, not as per my request because I can see how soon the end times is. No one knows how soon but if you know the signs, they are pretty apparent nowadays.
Along came COVID-19, it took a while for me to write about this despite my being quarantined with my family and basically working from home for almost a month now. It is pretty depressing, I think I was depressed half the time I was at home. Depressed in such a way that I don’t want to get up because all I do is think and worry about the near future especially knowing that we are expatriates in Saudi Arabia, I mean only God knows how long their support will last. I pray for them to be a vessel of God’s mercy. All the long term worries that I have been praying for were suddenly multiplied by 1000 percent. Everything got overwritten because there are tons of more pressing things to worry about – like staying alive.
We are now on a 24-hr curfew and we can only go out in 2s (driver and passenger) for basic commodities within the residential area. It is really scary because the fee is quite hefty should you be caught not following the curfew rules. The Government is taking all the necessary measures to flatten the curve and I respect it so much. People here are also very compliant, I don’t know how they do it.
For me, the effect of COVID-19 is pretty much more on the spiritual aspect of my life. Everything that I have been prioritizing are now gone. All the things that occupy my mind are nothing but mere throwbacks of my current reality. God has made me more aware of the things that made me take HIM for granted. The things that has been my gods instead of HIM. I knew He’s a jealous God and yet, I am here, taken over by the things that are nothing compared to HIM. Now I am reclaiming my life with Christ. I am reclaiming my path.
I know that this realization isn’t only with me because I have been reading similar testimonies as to how their lives have turned around, turned over, tumbled and rolled in so many ways because of COVID-19.
Now, I will leave you with a verse that I claim over and over ever since and most especially, during the pandemic,
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Thank you Lord for the lessons learned.
-Still praying for this to end though!-