Ever since the coronavirus entered the United States back in March, nothing but fear, sadness, and uncertainty took over the hearts of many of us. People are filling the hospitals. People are dying in massive numbers daily. Unemployment rates are going through the roof. Businesses are going out of business completely. People in the White House are testing positive. Children are being forced to attend school online. There’s so much going on!
We were definitely not prepared!!!!!
Until a vaccine is developed, SOCIAL DISTANCING is the only life saving method at this point. Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives. Spending time with family and coronavirus prevention are the only positives that come to mind. There’s concerns because there are those with mental health issues (like myself) and isolation can cause more harm than good. Also, domestic violence is an enormous problem for women (half the population are women of color) and social distancing can bring harm to them as well. Lastly, children don’t get the opportunity to go to school or play on the playground with other kids their age.
Knowing this, I’m asking myself: Where’s the joy? How can there be joy in a world where more and more people are dying alone in the hospital? How can there be joy in a world where chances of getting laid off are almost 100%?
Over the past three days, I’ve been thinking about an answer to having joy during dire times. The only answer that I’m able to come up with is Jesus. James 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It’s sometimes hard to believe that Jesus has a plan. The pandemic makes it feel like we’re stuck and there’s no way of getting out. However, Jesus has established a light at the end of this pandemic. When will that light be seen? No one knows. Whenever it will be witnessed, there’s joy in knowing that Jesus can outlasts any pandemic.
The Redeemer is the ultimate joy! It can be good times. It can be bad times. That’s the beauty of yielding to the Lord.