It was on the mid morning of Friday 13th of March when the dreadful news was announced on national TV Stations. I remember the headline very well, ‘CORONA YA FIKA KENYA’ which translates to read ‘CORONA REACHES KENYA’. I honestly could not believe what I was seeing at this point. We were on our tea break and I remember randomly talking to a gentleman who was standing next to me. I did not shy away from expressing my genuine fear of the Virus and it showed in my hands which could not stop shaking, it was really hard to drink my cup of tea and the snack that acted as its compliment. The guy tried his best to calm me down but it was futile, at that point I was experiencing a surge of emotions. After finally finishing my tea and snack, I rushed to get my phone and called my mum to tell her about the news and thereafter called my brother just to warn him to be careful as he heads out. It was after that call when I felt the Holy Spirit convicting me. I was so fearful that I forgot about God, It’s like I forgot that He exist and let the fear consume me to the point where I got others fearful.
I do not know how your response was when you first heard about the virus, maybe you were like me or not but here is my take. COVID-19 is scary and fearing something that could potentially take your life is a natural reaction but we should not allow fear to take dominance in our life especially at such a time as this. I believe God intentionally repeats the phrase ‘Do not fear ‘ in different accounts in the Bible to remind us not to allow fear to take control. One thing that gives me comfort in this pandemic is knowing that God is Sovereign, the whole world might have been caught by surprise by this pandemic but God wasn’t. He knew this would happen and He allowed it ,for reasons better known to Him. So it’s best to focus on God and have Him guide us on what to do for this pandemic shall indeed pass, this season shall change but God will remain constant.
Here are my tips on how to react to COVID-19
1. Read and Meditate on God’s Word
- Psalm115:3-‘Our God is in Heaven, he does whatever pleases Him.
- Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
- 2Chronicles 7:14-If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and I will forgive their sin and will their land.
- Philippians 4:6-7- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2. Pray without ceasing
Use the extra time you have to stand in the gap and pray for your family, friends, leaders, nation and the world. This time can also be used to do some soul searching and work on your relationship with God.
3.Be good stewards of time
Ask God on how you can best use the extra time you have on your hands. This in itself could be a blessing in disguise. Once He has shown you what you can do, ask Him for the wisdom and discipline to be faithful enough to do it.
4. Gain adequate knowledge about the COVID-19
Gain enough knowledge on it and act accordingly in order to make sure you keep yourself safe as well as those around you.
5. Check up on your loved ones
Call your friends and see how they are doing. If the social distancing has taken a toll on you, video call them and keep the conversations flowing. Different people are handling this differently, it is never wise to assume that they are ok.
6. Be creative and have fun
Let your imagination run wild but of course remaining in the confines of Godly principles because the devil is still working and looking for a way to get to you, so do not let him have that glory.
All in all, let us all cling to Faith in our God, Hope for a better tomorrow and continue showing love to one another.
” I have found the paradox, that if we love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt,only more love.”