We are living in uncertain times. This may be your first experience with adversity on this scale. As we age and look back, we can tabulate a long list of world crises. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. At the time, in grade school, I did not understand all that was happening. We were in the middle of the Cold War and the Space Race. We had refugees from Czechoslovakia and teachers whose husbands were in Vietnam. I lived through Watergate, the eruption of Mount St Helens, the inflation of the early 80s, 2 emergency C-Sections, 911, the 2008 economic crisis, the death of my parents, and now Covid-19. What are we to make of it all?
The world was a safe place only for a little while before Adam and Eve encountered Satan in the Garden of Eden. Since then, life has had its ups and downs. Many of us question God in times of hardship. Does he love us? Does he even care? Is he even paying attention? Why me?
The world has seen many pandemics. Some we have more information about than others. The Bubonic Plague outbreaks were horrifying. The estimate for Europe in one outbreak estimates Europe lost 25% of the population. It is unimaginable to me. That said, if you lived through the Japanese or Indian Ocean Tsunamis, it is probably not outside your imagination. Knowing that we are not the first to face this trial helps very little. We still must somehow process all our fears, opinions, and feelings. We are left reconciling our view of God and the extent to which he is involved in our world.
The Bible encompasses centuries of history. This history contains many events, many of which are adverse. Some were precipitated by sin, some came at the hands of enemies, and others were part of the rhythms of this world. On page after page we see God intervening in the affairs of men. Today is no different. We need to remember that He is El Roi, the God who sees.
God is our strong tower
God is El Elyon – the Most High
He is El Shaddai – He is Almighty
He is El Roi – the God who sees
So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing, ”for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
Genesis 16:13 (ESV)
So, however you are experiencing Covid-19, you can know that you can run to Him. He is the Most High, He is sufficient, and never forget……He sees. He sees you and knows what you are experiencing. We are all on a journey through this life. It will vary in its seasons and degree of adversity. No life is free of trouble. We all do not remain in this life for the same amount of time. We are all headed for Him. Until then let us continue to trust Him and to partner with Him to impact the world around us. If you do not know Him, there is no better time to make your peace with Him. It is simple. Humble yourself before Him. Confess your sin and self-centeredness. Ask for forgiveness and new life in Christ. Your sins will be washed away. You will be at peace with God. The Holy Spirit will indwell you. You will be granted new life in Him. You will begin eternal life in His presence.
Take heart…..He sees you!