“Assyria will not save us, nor will we mount horses. We will never again say, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion.” Hosea 14:4 (NABRE)
As we journey together at home, remotely and away from one another, we are forced to face our own humanity, our shortcomings and our distance from God. As the coronavirus and its effects become worse and more global, our sense of control becomes more diminished. Some will panic and say, what do we do? where do we go? relying on earthly things to get them through- until they cannot. Sound familiar? Well it should, this is the Judeo-Christian story.
First we rely on our own selves. When that doesn’t work, we turn to ask for help from our government. When our government does not have the answers, we rely on our strong powerful armies and their supplies, until that is no more.
After that, where will you turn?
COVD-19 is novel and therefore there is no cure. Nobody is immune from getting it. Not the President, the members of our military, or the strongest among us.
There is no human that can save us from this pandemic
When we strip ourselves away from these things, when our reliance on everything other than God is done, we come to the striking realization that we have trusted idols. This is a stark truth from God.
This is what is causing you to panic. This is what instead should be setting you free.
As the Lord brings these truths to us, as we peel back the layers of our idolatry and realize our dependence on man rather than God, we can repent and let our peace return to us. We can let all else go. This is when you will feel the stress leave your body. This is where you will realize where you are- 21 days into the desert, you are at the center of the soul’s starvation.
And this is exactly where you should you be in your Lenten journey. Hungry, desperate and halfway into the desert- no sign of anything other than God. There is no water here, no food, there is nothing. Rejoice in your desperation! You have made it to the exact place that God wants you! Now it is time to focus your attention solely on Him. Put all else away. Listen. He has something to tell you.
For me the voice is clear. Love. Do small things with love. Send an email. Make a phone call. Place others before yourself. Worry takes my energy and focus off God and my divine mission- to preach the gospel until the whole world hears.
That is not only my mission, it is yours too
I hope that in some small way, I am able to break through to one of you today. So many are experiencing panic and anxiety and do not know where to turn. Please take the words that have been inspired by the Holy Spirit in this writing and share them with someone you love. Or maybe the person is not a believer, or is an atheist, agnostic or more of a secular religious persuasion. Then just share your love and your kindness with them. Let this meditation fill you with that so that you can shift your focus off yourself and onto that other person and fulfill the law of God.
“To love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself, is worth more than any sacrifice.” Mark 12:33
Let us pray
Help me not to rely on the things of this world, but instead solely on you. Give me a supernatural awareness of where I am, halfway through this Lenten journey. As I shift my focus from self to other, fill me with your supernatural love so that I may love and comfort others during this difficult time. May I be your beacon of light and bearer of hope, and may I give myself wholly to you in the process, as others recognize you in me.
In Jesus Name,