Have you noticed yet? Life isn't the way it used to be a month ago. The Covid-19 pandemic has done more than interrupt most of our routines or cause a little inconvenience in our lives. Running out of toilet paper is bad, but there are a lot worse things, like the disruption of the very foundations of our lives.
But for some of us, this event has come at a most fortuitous moment. Perhaps we still haven't recognized or accepted it for what it is, but this is an intervention! God is availing us with an opportunity to shift our focus,, to repair our foundations, and restore our faith. God is giving us an opportunity to deepen our devotion to Jesus and develop our relational supports in ways we wouldn't have ordinarily pursued absent the pandemic.
Crisis moments are indeed decisive moments filled with both danger and opportunity (no the Mandarin word doesn't really mean that). Bad translation aside, the point is well taken, that when crisis comes we must be wary but still may find an advantage or good that comes when we have navigated through the danger. In a crisis, there is no certainty of the outcome (other than by faith), but as a Christ-follower I can look for God's provision of a way of escape, and the lessons to be learned.
A pandemic puts all of us at risk from a health perspective. To varying degrees we are all vulnerable to the disease. Our response to the outbreak puts many in a vulnerable position financially. And while it is true, some were already vulnerable in this way, it clearly intensifies the reality. Without purporting to be an expert in economics or public health, it is clear a frightening two-headed monster is growing in our midst, killing people and destroying people's financial health. But there is something more grotesque about this monster than it's two-heads. It's the fire it breathes from it's belly, aimed at our spiritual well-being.
This is what ultimately lies behind the health and financial implications of our current crisis, the Enemy of our soul seeking (in Jesus' language) to kill, steal and destroy. Our spiritual life hangs in the balance during this crisis. Will we take up our shield of faith, and the sword of the spirit etc. and slay this dragon and see our spiritual lives not only preserved but flourishing in abundance?
Ephesians 6 - Stand firm!