Friday, March 13, 2020
"I sent plagues among you
as I did to Egypt.
I killed your young men with the sword,
along with your captured horses.
I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps,
yet you have not returned to me," declares the Lord.
The headlines blare the news of the latest Corona Virus statistics. The stock market in on a roller coaster. Italy quarantines their entire nation. Israel announces that anyone entering the country must submit to a 14-day holding period to determine whether or not the entering party is carrying the virus. The United States bolsters its borders, and bans air travel from both China and Europe.
Yet, the infection manages to reach our shores. A plague I pray that warmer temperatures will weaken.
My husband, Danny, and I, are counted as potential risks to this disease as we are both over 60. He, especially, is vulnerable because of his pacemaker, and the fact that he had such a virulent case of pneumonia years ago, the doctors had to place him in an induced coma, hoping this would help his immune system conquer the illness. We determine, going forward, to make the wisest choices possible.
Until the threat is lifted, we are restricting our departures from the Orlando Compound to a minimum. Even though this means staying away from the gym, our church (oh, how I hate that one!), and shopping for food early in the morning when the presence of others is negligible, we feel it's necessary at this time.
I must admit here that I'm infinitely grateful that we both tend to thrive as introverts. I can't begin to imagine what havoc this virus is reaping upon those who feel called to, or have to, because of their professions, be in the company of others. We are blessed to have a choice.
Some of you, no doubt, will call us alarmists. That's okay. You most definitely have a right to your opinion and your take upon the whole situation.
But how many of you, in light of this plague, have prayed more sincerely to the Lord? How many of you have placed your trust in Him for protection and guidance? Could God, through this latest virus, be inviting us to turn from our sinful ways, and embrace the path of goodness and mercy He freely offers?
If we have prayed more and relied more upon our loving Father, then there is an upside to this virus after all.
Hope you all will join Danny and me in praying for the eradication of this plague, and that the Lord will deliver us sooner than later.
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