I can't read one more thing about the Coronavirus chaos.
I can't hear one more news briefing. Listen to one more opinion. Take into consideration one more theory. One more speculation. One more best guess.
I can't and I won't.
At least not today.
Not because I want to bury my head in the sand and pretend it's not there. But because I've given enough time to what the world says. I've given too many of my minutes to worry, and anxiety and fear. And I refuse to give it anymore.
I know I'm not the only one overwhelmed. We are surrounded by information overload. Some of it accurate. Some of it inaccurate. And us in the middle trying to distinguish between the two. Trying to figure out the truth.
People are fighting. And hoarding. And saying awful things to each other. And I wish I could say it was happening far away. In some other country. In some other town. But it's happening in our country. In our town. It's happening right in front of us.
And some days it's happening because of us.
And I keep saying I can't wait for the world to get back to "normal". Until I realized today that maybe normal isn't a good goal. That maybe normal is what got us here in the first place.
This virus has shown very clearly where our hearts are.
And our hearts are IN this world.
Because our hearts are OF this world.
And God is wondering where His people are.
He's wondering why we're spending more time in the news than in the Bible. He's wondering why we're spending more time spreading fear than spreading faith. He's wondering why it's easier for us to believe CNN, or FOX, or Facebook, than it is to believe Him.
He's wondering why, when faced with the impossible, we don't think He's enough. Why we haven't spent time with Him to find out what He needs us to do.
We say we're acting in wisdom. But whose wisdom?
The world? Or His Word?
If we believe in God. If we believe that He loved us enough to send His only Son to save us. Then surely we can believe that spending time with Him in the middle of a crisis is where we should be.
We should be consulting God for His opinion. We should be asking Him for guidance. We should be seeking Him for peace.
We're in the middle of a battle and we know the One willing to fight the battle for us.
Before we say one more word, or type one more response, or post one more opinion, let's seek Him.
Really seek Him.
Let's ask Him to lead us. Let's ask Him to direct our steps. Let's ask Him to direct our hearts.
Our faith in the world has only filled us with worry. And anxiety. And fear. Maybe it's time we turn off the television. Turn off the internet. Turn off the distractions.
Just for the day.
[Heart check. Was our immediate response to fight against this idea? Or did we consider it something we could do?]
It's not putting our head in the sand. It's putting our heart in His Hands.
We are more than willing to fill our lives up listening to what the world says.
God stands waiting for us, to be willing to fill our lives up, listening to Him.
We're in a battle. It's time to make a battle plan. If you don't know how or need direction, you can click back to this previous post and print out a free draft to get you started: How to make a Prayer Battle Plan with God. The printable link is in the middle of the post. I did mine the other day. I put on some praise music, printed out a battle plan, and opened the Bible.
And I went from anxiety to peace.
When we seek God we find Him. Always.