What a time we are living in! The patterns of our lives disrupted, our freedom to do things, to see and be with our families and friends, to fully engage in the lives we have known, now restricted and constricted. And we want to know “Why”. Intellectually we know why we need to maintain social distance, to restrict our movements and to be cautious in where we go and what we touch—to contain a virus that can harm. But really, the “why” question is- Why God? And, there is no answer to that question. And so like any other circumstance when we cannot know an answer to a question we ask, to not have facts or information, or to not be able to process in some logical manner what is happening, we become anxious and then (wait for it!)---- we worry.
To worry is to give way to anxiety or unease or to allow oneself to dwell on difficulties or troubles. We worry about our well-being, we worry about the health of our family members and friends, we worry about our country and the world and how we can recover. If only we knew why and how, we could change what is going on; if only we had some control, some power, some knowledge to move from this time of anxiety…..
At this point, we need to stop.
We need to breathe (slowly in, then out). And we remind ourselves what the prophet wrote, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”- Proverbs 3:5-6. Now, we trust the Lord.
Breathe again (slowly in, then out). And we remind ourselves what the psalmist wrote, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” - Psalm 55:22. Now, we trust the Lord.
Breathe again (slowly in, then out). And we remind ourselves what our Savior said, “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?”- Matthew 6:25-34. Now, we trust the Lord.
Go forward knowing that God loves us and cares for us and will be with us always.