You’ve probably seen it all by now. Your inbox teems messages from every organization or corporation you ever shared your email address with, explaining how they are responding to the coronavirus. You’ve seen all the memes you’ll ever want to see about toilet paper and social distancing. Perhaps you’ve even commented on a few or shared them yourself.
But, as a Christ-follower, your response to what’s happening in our world today, the fact that WHO (World Health Organization) has officially declared a pandemic truly matters. It’s not a coincidence that you are on the earth at this appointed time.
Esther influenced a king and saved her people from death. Her uncle’s word’s of wisdom to her, are relevant to us today. “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 ESV).
Here are some suggestions to keep at the forefront of your mind as you navigate the days ahead:
- Make the best decisions you can. Use the media to your advantage, but don’t allow it to overwhelm you. In addition to godly wisdom, the CDC, WHO and your state health department are good resources for a pulse on the necessary precautions to take and the right decisions to make.
- Manage your own emotions so you can be anxiety-free. Your sense of calm flows into the hearts of others. You can literally infuse the atmosphere (yes across wifi if needed) with God’s presence and peace.
- Be present and available for your family and others, even if it’s digitally. We need each other. And while it’s not the same as the support received from physical contact, it is a great comfort to hear your voice and see your face as you offer support, encouragement and just let people know you care through various social platforms.
- Help people feel heard. People are inspired, encouraged, and feel loved when they believe someone is listening. Leave your opinions on the sideline, and only offer advice if it’s requested. Listening with love helps others process the chaos that overwhelming circumstances can bring.
- Build community. It may seem odd to say such a thing while we’re isolating ourselves from others, but as humans and believers we have strong desires to help one another through crisis. Look for ways to join a cause or help someone with a need.
- Remind others of God’s love. Sharing stories of God’s faithfulness in your life reminds others just how much God cares for them. It inspires them to lean into His presence and trust Him when our hope is threatened.