“As a nation, out of this terrible tragedy, God has visited grace upon us, for He has allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He has given us the chance, where we’ve been lost, to find our best selves. We may not have earned it, this grace, with our rancor and complacency and short-sightedness and fear of each other—but we got it all the same.” – Barack Obama
Today’s blog comes from my spiritual perspective regarding a beautiful necessary distraction called COVID-19. What?!!! Some of you perhaps are thinking I am insane calling COVID-19 a beautiful necessary distraction; let me assure you I am sane. A distraction takes our attention away from what we are supposed to be doing. A beautiful necessary distraction like COVID-19 brings our attention back to God; or at least it should.
From my spiritual perspective, we should understand whatever God allows to happen in this world is His business no matter how devastating. Faith in God will get us through sadness that comes with death. I know, my mother died in November 2017, and my faith is a balm soothing the pain.
From my spiritual perspective, we should be thankful. Yes, thankful. Why? Instead of corona virus killing millions, it could have been Jesus returning for the entire world to face judgment. Would we have been ready?
From my spiritual perspective, families are now praying together, forgiving and loving one another, sitting together at dinner tables talking, laughing and reminiscing and making beautiful memories. Love and compassion are in the air prompting many worldwide humanitarian efforts. Many have been afforded the opportunity to telework from the comfort of homes. Sadly, millions lost their jobs but billions are still employed. There are many other positive side effects from this beautiful necessary distraction that God allowed to come upon us.
I do not claim to know His reason, nor do I question it, or Him. Perhaps, He allowed it to get our attention, as a warning, that He still exists to be worshiped in obedience and in spirit and in truth. As we go about our busy lives, fighting amongst one another within our own nation, and with other nations, let us not forget we have been given another chance to right what is wrong in God’s sight.
From my spiritual perspective, it is time to cease wasting intellectual energy on things and people that bring no positivity or spiritual insightfulness into our lives. We need to stop the hinderances from invading our spiritual journey. If this must be done alone, so be it, do it for your soul’s sake. We “alone” will be without excuse standing before God.
Are you taking advantage of this beautiful necessary distraction to increase your knowledge, wisdom and understanding in personal Bible studies, meditation and prayers?
Are you watching and listening to live stream sermons, Bible studies, prayer partners, etc., or has discouragement return you back to the world like Demas?
Are you discouraged due to not being able to collectively worship God with saints in a building? Remember, worship is an attitude of the mind that should be utilized daily, not just on Sunday. We, not buildings, are the church! However, do not use this as an excuse not to return when your spiritual leadership deems it safe.
I am not oblivious to current worldwide devastations, and my heart goes out to families personally affected by COVID-19, and everything else that is still happening in the world that has been put on the back burner of media attention. It may appear from a human standpoint that millions of deaths were untimely, but everyone is appointed to die and many will fade away from our lives until Jesus’ return. Are you preserving your soul be save from this troublesome world?
I pray your faith is strong enough to withstand the side effects from this beautiful necessary distraction. Is this not a distraction when our faith should have been prepared and activated? As soldiers in the service of the Lord, we face daily battles, so why is our hope quickly succumbing to this virus? Is it because we believe this worldwide virus is bigger than God? Hmmm! This is a battle for us to stand firm in the faith like Job.
When faith in God cannot be destroyed, Satan uses things and people to distract. People, we cannot give Satan a foothold to go back to business as usual. If we do, perhaps the next outbreak God allows will not be a beautiful necessary distraction, but death sentences. “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart, from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)
Just as we keep our electronic devices fully charged and ready for our use, we should keep our faith fully charged and ready for our transition from earth to glory.
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:11)