Graceful Perseverance: COVID-19 - Calling Us Out of Darkness - 04-05-20
Welcome to this week’s blog. Once again, I am writing about the Global Outbreak of COVID-19, and how this Pandemic can be related to one of many of God’s promises; to call us out of darkness! Today’s blog is somewhat of a different angle in presenting scripture. The images throughout this blog, I have created or inserted scripture explicit to darkness, and God’s promise to call us out of darkness.
In these days of darkness, we are witnessing two types of human behavior. First, we are witnessing the behavior of health professionals around the world altruistically, and humbly endangering their lives every hour of every day, caring for other human beings stricken by this invisible and deadly virus.
These humanitarian people are not only risking their own lives, but the lives of their families as well. When they have completed their shift/s, and return home to their families, they grasp the reality that they are putting their own families at risk to contracting this deadly virus. Their protective gear, and hand sanitizers are no guarantee that they have not exposed their families to the virus. Their humane efforts are at minimum, miraculous, and should be a true blessing to the rest of us who have been confined to our homes, not only for our own safety, but for the safety of others. Our health professionals are not only caring for the dying at the risk of their own lives, but they are also separated for days and weeks from their families.
And while our health professionals are working relentless hours every day, there are others complaining that they are confined to their homes with their families. It is these people, and their families who are complaining they are bored, stir crazy, and can’t seem to find anything to do in the safety of their own homes to keep them physically, mentally or spiritually stimulated. This second category of human behavior we are observing are also the one’s refusing to follow the rule book. These are the selfish, the self-centered, and invincible individuals who grumble, complain and refuse to stay at home in order to practice “social distancing.” They are angry and frustrated because their lives have been disrupted or interrupted. How selfish can one human being be? I guess too many are proving it every day during these days of darkness.
I’ve learned over the years; true character will reveal himself/herself during times of darkness and despair. I struggle to understand their behaviors, and defilement in doing their part to ban together in an effort to slow down the spread of this virus, so that we can get ahead of it. But instead they are helping this pestilence spread like wild fire because of their ignorant behaviors. I read hundreds of stories on social media where nurses, and doctors are begging and pleading with all of us to please, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, stay at home and practice social distancing. Please only go out if it is absolutely essential to the needs of your family. Yes, I fully understand the financial implications these rules have brought upon many households around the globe. But now’s the time to cast off the works of gloom, worry and fear, and put on your armor of light. It’s through prayer and trust in God’s marvelous light that will get us all through these dark days, not rebellion and insurgence.
People of rebel and nonconforming behaviors, stop thinking of your own loss, your own possessions and assets. Stop weeping your loss of not being able to go to bars to drink and party with your friends or that you can’t go to the gym because it’s closed for everyone’s safety. Or your family vacation had to be postponed this year for everyone’s safety. Or you couldn’t go the concert you bought tickets for a year ago, as it was cancelled for everyone’s safety. Stop gnashing your teeth when our government enforces stricter rules for all of us, not just you. It’s time to grow up, step out of your selfish bubble, and do the humane thing, think of others before yourself. Step up, and respect and participate in the collaborative effort our professionals have in place so they can continue to fight the fight for us, and get ahead of this deadly virus.
Show your hearts and give light to these days of darkness by cooperating, and conforming to the rules today. This is not forever, but for a short time. This too shall pass. The Lord promises we will get through the dark days of our lives, if we follow Him. He’s never let me down before, and He’s not going to let me down now. God’s biblical messages provide hope, and promise that those who follow Him will overcome these uncertain days. Remember to be thankful for what we have, and always praise God that we made it through one more day of this pestilence that has already taken the lives of 63,902 globally (and still climbing), and 8,162 lives (and still climbing) in the United States. Thank God that you and I continue to remain safe in our homes.
Throughout today’s blog, I’ve shared my gift with you; writing. God has given our health professionals the gift of caring and healing. God has called me to use my gift of writing to reach those of you who have turned away from Him. Each of you have also been given a special gift. Have you ever thought that maybe God has restricted all of us to our homes, with hours of free time in hopes that more of us will turn to Him in these uncertain times? Have you considered this may be the perfect time to spend quiet time with God to build a relationship with Him? God has given me the gift of sharing the gospel with you. Many mock and scoff me, pooh-pooh me, laugh at me, roll their eyes at me, call me a preacher, and tell me they don’t need a preacher. But thank you all for these compliments. It is by your ridicule and persecution that I know I am doing exactly what God has called me to do.
God has given me the assignment to share the good news with many, in order to lead more people to Jesus in this last generation.
My personal faith in the Lord has proven time, and time again in my own life that those who love Him, and believe in Him, learn how-to cast-off darkness, and bring light to despair. My earthly assignment while I am here is to share the truth with you, biblical truth. If you follow Jesus, you are a child of God’s. And know, there is an eternal reward when you are a child of God’s. It’s that simple. If you pronounce out loud with your lips, and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior, He promises throughout scripture to go before you with His shield of protection; all the days of your life.
I’m not asking you to trust my word, but to trust God’s word, the Holy Bible. In these times of home isolation and seclusion, open your Bible, and you will find pages and pages of His promises and messages.
As your days are at hand, and your nights fall away, you will then quickly replace your fear with faith.
This will spiritually change your perception of what is certainly happening in our world today, as well as your true character in times of darkness.
Blessings until next week, Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer
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