The outbreak of coronavirus since January this year has caused tremendous loss and damage in China and world-widely. Because I’m Chinese and I have friends and family living in China, I can tell you many heart-wrenching stories in Chinese news. Now, since the virus has come to Europe and the second case has been found in Switzerland where we are currently living, I would be lying if I tell you I’m not afraid. The sold-out masks and the hand-sanitizers assured me I wasn’t the only one rattled. FEAR, in capital letters, is written on many people’s faces and echoing in their minds.
In this post, I can’t offer you a prescription for the cure of fear other than some words I read yesterday that brought my own anxious heart great comfort and courage. One is found in Wendell Berry’s book This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems; the other is found in the Bible.
To rest, we must accept nature’s limits and our own. When we come to our limit, we must be still.
He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:10,11; I recommend you to read the whole Psalm 46)
Maybe you are trembling like me in the face of the spreading coronavirus, worrying about the health of your little ones. Maybe, you are suffering pain from a severe disease, anxiously anticipating the time of its healing. Perhaps you just lost a job, and don’t know how to provide for the family and where the future lies. You have come to the limit of yourself, run out of ideas or strength. You don’t have the energy to strive anymore. You collapse in your waves of fear.
Dear reader, would you take a moment and pray this prayer with me?
Dear heavenly Father, our Creator God, I need You. Right now, I’m feeling afraid. I’m worried about _______. Thank You for leading me to read Your Word. You have given us the instruction to be still, to quiet our heart and direct our gaze upon You, and remember that You are God. Dear Father, You know what You are doing. You never waste a moment to work towards fulfilling Your good purpose on earth, as well as in my life and my loved ones. I choose to trust You today that You will take care of us amid the situation we are facing.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!