Hi, I’m Hannah, and I’m a recovering germaphobe.
When I was a kid, I worried about catching diseases from touching other kids’ toys and locker doors. I washed (and still wash!) my hands diligently and thoroughly. I took every single one of my vitamins.
For me, this was a practical choice because I know I’m prone to getting sick and staying sick longer than others. That’s why the coronavirus freaks me out.
Over the years, I’ve relaxed a little in my germaphobe ways. I’ll let a friend take a sip of my drink when we’re out to dinner. I cherish warm hugs from the people I love. And that’s what makes all the fear over the coronavirus spreading even worse. I feel guilty going for a fist bump instead of a hug. I want to share the amazing tea I just tried when I’m out to dinner with my pals. But, now, I can’t.
I don’t want to be part of the spread of this virus sweeping through my country and the world. But I also don’t want to live in fear of getting sick or spreading disease. Do you feel this same tension, too?
Finding Peace in God’s Word
In times like these, I’m so thankful God shows me the way forward. I know that no matter what, God is with me. I don’t have to live in fear of the virus. And I’m driven by love to keep my neighbors and friends protected. For a little while, that love might look like fist bumps and not sharing drinks. But no matter what, I know God has everything under control.
Are you feeling stressed out and worried about the coronavirus? If so, take some time right now to bring your worries to God—and remember his love and care for you.
God, I’m feeling worried right now.
So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings. — Matthew 6:34 (GNTD)
Show me you’ll take care of me and those I love.
Look at the crows: they don't plant seeds or gather a harvest; they don't have storage rooms or barns; God feeds them! You are worth so much more than birds! Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? If you can't manage even such a small thing, why worry about the other things? — Luke 12:24-67 (GNTD)
Help me rely on you and trust in your goodness—even if I get sick.
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28 (GNTD)
Remind me that you are sovereign no matter what.
O Lord God of our ancestors, you rule in heaven over all the nations of the world. You are powerful and mighty, and no one can oppose you. — 2 Chronicles 20:6b (GNTD)
God, fill me with your everlasting peace. Thank you for loving me every day. Amen.
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. — John 14:27 (GNTD)
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