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Pandemic vs. a True Panacea

Pandemic vs. a True Panacea

Lately I’ve been bewildered by an inner conflict that seemed to have developed just about 4 weeks ago. It’s a state of mind that just cannot decide what is true anymore. The 24 hour news cannot seem to agree with itself as each day unfolds. You all know what I’m talking about.

~ I shouldn’t wear a mask because it does no good to reduce exposure to a viral monster. I should wear a mask, because if I don’t, I’ll put others in harm’s way.

~Go out and get fresh air. Stay home and quarantine.

~Be around other people as to create a herd-immunity. Don’t be around others as not to get sick.

~Don’t close the borders because that is racist. You should have closed the borders sooner.

~Don’t worry or become anxious. We’re all going to be exposed to this awful virus eventually.

I could go on.

Are you as confused and frustrated as I am? Is all of this a high-level conspiracy to get people to be just afraid enough to gladly put their trust in the “experts”? Is this a testing ground for further and future mass control?

Honestly, I have no idea what the answers are. I, like you, have limited knowledge and can only speculate about these things. And if we become dogmatic about things we are not privy to, we become fools.

As a believer in Christ, what am I supposed to do? I want to act and react in a way that reflects my trust in Him and not my partial understanding of topics beyond my scope. I want to offer hope and love and light because the reality is that there will always be despair, hatred, and darkness. As I work through my own misgivings about the current state of the globe, I want to keep my focus on the One who created it in the first place.

I’ve seen a number of critical posts recently depicting the writer’s distain for any opinion other than the one stated concerning how to move forward in this war against COVID-19. Like any of us knows the ULTIMATE correct way to proceed! Let’s face it…we are stepping into the darkness, unsure of the outcome. But let’s remember that we do have a light. And, I believe that light truly is the ULTIMATE remedy.

Even though I may never receive satisfying answers to the questions surrounding this pandemic, JESUS is a true panacea for the following reasons:

  1. Jesus is the light of the world. In John 8:12, Jesus says that those who follow Him will not walk in darkness and will have the light of life. So, even if this world leaves me clueless, He will illuminate what He wants me to know.
  2. Jesus is the mighty one and the almighty one (Isa. 60:16; Rev. 1:8). When we’re feeling powerless over these current events, He provides His power to overcome even fears and frustrations for His beloved.
  3. Jesus is the Rock. 1 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them. And the rock was Christ.” When the ground feels shaky beneath your feet, you will find stability pressing into His immovable posture.
  4. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. In John 11:25 Jesus says …” I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die.” The ultimate fear truly is the fear of death. But Jesus trampled upon that threat with His very own resurrection, assuring us a safe transition from here to there.
  5. Jesus is a wonderful counselor, the mighty God, an everlasting father, and the prince of peace (Isa. 9:6). In regard to Christ’s essential attributes when we waver, He provides perfect counsel for all manner of emotion we experience during this time. He, being our mighty God, is strong enough to save us from any disease or threat. We can find comfort in the security of the perfect daddy’s everlasting arms. And when we battle with anxiety, He pours His peace that passes understanding upon us.

In addition to all the above attributes, when Jesus walked the earth He healed every single person that was brought to Him. I have no reason to doubt that He has not ceased His miraculous display of healing the sick.

So, in these days of conflicting opinions, predictions, precautions, and advice, I turn to the One who holds my very life in His more than able hands. Trust Him now more than ever. He IS the One and Only cure-all.

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Lori Travers

Lori finds the Joy of the Lord to be her strength. Born and raised an Italian Jersey girl, she has finally settled in the south as Reynolda Presbyterian church became her new home. Ministry to women, reading, writing, cooking, and anything having to do with animals are her sweet spots. Having a background in cardiac testing, she chose to stay home and raise three incredible children who are now married, and currently has 2 precious granddaughters and one faithful husband of 34 years.

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