You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” (Lam 3:57) What are you anxious about today? Let God say to you “do not fear”.
These are three words we would all love to hear right now. Whether they are being shouted from a rooftop or said to you as you queue at a store, we are all in need of those three words in these times. In a time when we are afraid of what we will hear when we turn on the news, or we are afraid to go outside in case we come in contact with someone who is carrying COVID-19. Fear has an interesting way of impacting our lives. Some people will look fear in the face, and still move forward, and for some people, they stop dead in the tracks when faced with fear. Some people are fine venturing into the unknown willingly.
In a time when we don’t know what each day will hold or how things will change from minute to minute, it is easy to be stuck in fear and spend our days worrying about everything around Coronavirus. In all times, let us remember this passage, and call on God, who will hear you, and tell you to not fear. Now, this is easier said than done, but it is something for everyone to work out. We are used to being able to push our fears aside by keeping busy, but we are facing times when it is easier to run out of things to do because of the lockdown.
Instead of hiding in fear, or allowing fear to run our thoughts and actions, imagine what it would be like to call out to God, and hear those three words, “Do not fear!” May we hold onto these words and allow them to be what moves us in our actions instead of fear.
Prayer: Loving God, we give you thanks that when we call on you, you give us those three words “do not fear.” In a time when it is so easy to be afraid of what lies in the unknown of the Coronavirus, help us to trust in you, and not be afraid. Give us a sense of peace, and help us spread that peace in our different communities.
Action: Take time to notice how you are responding to the world around you, and situations you find yourself in. If you find yourself responding with fear, see if there is a different way to approach that situation. It might take calling out to God, for God to show you a new way. Don’t let fear run the show all the time.