As we continue to grapple with the sheer magnitude of this unprecedented crisis, three thoughts come to mind:
With all our advancement and progress, it took just a single virus to bring the whole world to its knees and put a halt to almost all human activity. The helplessness during the peak of the pandemic was almost unbelievable and was more like a horror sci-fi movie than real life. Yes, human beings have a special ability to achieve much, because we are created in the image of a creative God, but we also need to realize our limitations. On our own, we are not only limited but destructive and that is why, King Solomon with all his wisdom, achievements, and years of experience behind him reminds his people, “remember your Creator . . .”. Life, apart from the Creator will be nothing but a royal mess.
Secondly, this crisis is a reminder that we are living in a flawed world – this world that we are living in is a broken, corrupt, sick, and fallen world. Even as we’re constantly mesmerized by the beauties of this world such as a glorious sunset, or a flower in bloom, or the smile and laughter of a child, yet we are not blind to the fact that it is far from perfect. We just must look at the reality around us to see this truth. That is why, as believers, it is so reassuring to remember that this world as it is now, is not our final home. Jesus promises another place for us, a perfect one where there is no more sickness, sorrow, or imperfection of any sort or any kind, and where Jesus himself in all His healing and restoring sufficiency, will be a constant presence.
Need for one another
Thirdly, if there’s one good thing that has emerged from this present crisis, it is the humbling recognition that we need one another. We are fighting not against one another, but by the side of and for, each other. It’s not humanity versus humanity, but humanity versus this common enemy. What is even more heartening is seeing people, cutting across all community and religious lines, going out of their way to help and take care of the needs of those impacted. This spirit of solidarity is indeed heartening and fills one with a renewed sense of hope in humanity as we see people right from politicians to business houses, doctors, and medical personnel and even the ordinary citizens, across the world rallying around the various affected nations and people to fight together against this virus in a battle that threatens human existence itself.
Lessons to Learn
In the Bible, we see many instances where the people of God faced crises in their lives and in the nation. One such instance was during the reign of King Jehoshaphat recorded in 2 Chronicles 20. Faced with an enemy beyond their power to withstand, the king called upon the whole nation to seek God’s face and to pray. There are many lessons we can draw from this chapter but let me bring out a few: