For nearly the past five months, the world has been dealing with the onset of what is COVID-19. It is a highly contagious and deadly virus that attacks the respiratory system. It can spread from the smallest amounts of droplets getting into one’s eyes, nose, mouth, and yes even through touch. Hundreds of thousands of people all around the world have either contracted this virus, died or have recovered from it.
It has been said that the only way to prevent contracting this deadly virus is by wearing proper protective gear, social distancing and exercising good hand hygiene. In essence, wearing a mask and standing six feet apart when in public, and washing your hands…a lot…for twenty seconds or longer.
Moreover, the world has come to a screeching halt as a result of it. Economies fail to thrive, mankind has been shut off from interacting with each other except those who reside with them, shelter-in-place orders are in effect all over the world, and the powers that be are in high pursuit of finding a vaccination to help fight it. The world is in a far different place than we were just nearly 5 months ago.
While it is a lot to take in and get used to at one time, I have stilled myself, prayed and have asked God almighty, what is He saying in the midst of all the noise? I’ve asked, what is The Bigger Picture?
Since praying that prayer, I have been enlightened on some things. If you analyze all the closures, shut-downs and just everything that means anything to mankind, it seems God wants us to take a closer look at what really matters most.
Prior to now, the world was not a very loving place to be. It seemed everyone was for him/herself. The government wasn’t all that willing to assist those less fortunate. In fact, resources were being taken that should have been given…freely, and to those who need it most might I add.
The spot light is being shone on social injustices to certain classes of people. Whereas in the past, these classes have been overlooked.
I’m trying to keep things pretty general here. But if you’ve been paying attention to the news, then you’re aware of what I am getting at.
While nearly every American has or will receive either $1,200 (with no qualifying children) or $1,700 ( including $500 per qualifying child), in an effort to provide relief from the loss of resources due to job closures during this unprecedented time. We really know the stimulus payments are to help stimulate the economy, in hopes of preventing a recession due to all of this. This after indicating there is no money for necessary resources for the less fortunate and businesses and people alike. Go figure!
Moreover, in the past, people have not been as compassionate and as considerate of others as we should. Now, people all over the world are praying for the well-being of others and are showing consideration to others in ways that have not been shown in times prior.
Seems the human populace found it hard to be good samaritans, to show respect for its fellow citizens or to just be nice. Now, people are ordered to remain apart for extended periods of time. Leaving many with feelings of withdrawal, and feelings of longing for physical touch. Let’s face it, on the flip side, most of us are physical beings. When it comes to interacting with the people we love, most of us are huggers and touchers. We love a good hug. When we are engrossed in a good conversation, we tend to give a tap on the arm, shoulder or things alike to get one’s point across. It is how most of us interact. Having an inability to interact with our family and friends in this way gives rise to that age-old adage, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I know I miss mingling with my family, my colleagues, and friends!
In fact, in order to maintain some form of normalcy, churches, schools, businesses and other establishments have all turned to social media and technology for virtual meetings and remote learning. Something we’ve all had to get used to.
I could go on! But are you starting to see “The Bigger Picture?”
Seems, we need to be STILL, put God first, become more humanitarian, obedient, more honest, show more compassion and pray more for others and not just ourselves! It really is what Jesus would do!
Heretofore, instead of being an eager beaver and wishing things would return to “normal,” as most, I’m praying and asking God to help me see what I haven’t seen before. I’m asking for clearer vision, to see things the way I SHOULD, not as I want. I am seeking to do more of those things that I haven’t been doing more of, that He’s drawing my attention to while in crisis. Hence, I’m asking God to help me see “The Bigger Picture” and become all I have NOT been prior to now! I don’t believe this is judgment from God. But I do believe God is sending a positive message to mankind in light of it. It is my prayer we get it, learn from it, press past and pass this test! We CAN do this!
However, if we are paying close attention, our vision will become clearer to what is really going on. We will prayerfully act accordingly and make the necessary changes to “self” and contribute to the grater good of our society.
It really is a horrific monstrosity of a time we are in. For this I am incredibly sorry. I too am praying for all those impacted by COVID -19 as well as for our world at large. I am praying that God would be our Balm in Gilead! That He would extend His grace and mercy and heal our nations of this awful plague! I’m a firm believer of the Word where it states, what the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good. We will get through this. But in due time.
I see “The Bigger Picture!” I pray you do too!
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