A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT
In lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals are becoming bitter. The loss of income, along with the protocols to contain this disease have resulted in dysfunctional feelings of anger and resentment. The coronavirus has exposed the helplessness of humanity as we have watched a previously unknown disease reach pandemic levels on a global basis.
If we perform a thorough self-examination then we come to realize that we have overdeveloped the counterproductive habit of self-reliance. Our normal lifestyle usually includes more plans and commitments than a 24-hour day would allow. The push to accomplish too much eventually leads to stress and we end up exhausted mentally and physically. Because we are already at a burned-out stage the present circumstances are just too much to cope with.
Did you know that God never intended for us to fully rely on ourselves nor to bear the burdens of life alone?
- Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
- Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
- Even before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
During this difficult time, we can take steps to make our lives better. When adversity hits hard, our response reflects our belief system. Acknowledging that a higher power, God our Creator, is in control allows us to see beyond our present circumstances. We can make a positive choice to put our unbelief and self-reliance aside. It is a simple act to possess complete faith and trust in God. All we have to do is believe. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Our reward from faithfully believing in God is to possess the peace that quiets and refreshes the soul. It is the peace that only God can provide, the peace that He freely gives to us when we trust Him to care for us. The same God who was fully aware of this deadly disease tells us to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
All of God’s promises are conditional, we must do our part to possess faith, trust, and obedience in the One who has our lives in His hands. Pray for protection, pray for others who are living in quarantine, pray for those who are in a high-risk category, pray for the workers who are providing services every day, pray for those who live alone, pray for those who have financial difficulties due to loss of their employment, pray, pray, pray for everyone.
We become a better person when we possess compassion for others. Share your overabundance, donate food, paper products, and hand sanitizer. Social media has many posts that indicate where help is needed.
Above all, maintain a joyful spirit. The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? Proverbs 18:14 NLT
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020