Where Is God In All This? Finding Peace In Tumultuous Times

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You don't have to be alone in this! God is with you, helping you along. Just turn to him and find peace!

Liliana Owen, Journalist

CoViD19 is scary. Admit it… it’s terrifying. And maybe in the midst of all the fear and business and negativity, maybe you’re wondering why God would let this happen to his beloved children. Or if he even cares. Or maybe if he is even still there.

Trials and challenges have always existed. They always have, they always will. Allow me to share some of C S Lewis’ words on the atomic bomb with you:

“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: ‘Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.’

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still scary, right?

Well, then where can we turn for peace? In one of my favorite hymns, “Where Can I Turn For Peace,” the answer is supplied: “Who, who can understand? He, Only One.” In a time where we might want to doubt and turn away from the heavens, we must reach out and stay tuned to them. Our living in dark will not help the dark situation; it will only make it worse. But turning towards the light, even when you can barely see it, will help. In the New Testament, John 14:18 shares, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” But he can only do that if we turn to him!

Trials Are There For A Reason

We are given trials for a reason. It’s not to torture us, it’s not because God accidentally forgot to block that one. He gives them to us as a gift. Each trial we pull through refines us, polishes our inner gem, smooths the rough edges, purifies our elements.

He will not give us more than we can handle, but would be refined through easy trials? No! If they were easy, they would not be trails!

Why This Trial?

Times of disaster are times of change. It is in times such as these that people of greatness stand up and reach their full potential. We cannot reach our full potential with no challenge, no problem to solve, no issue to fix, no nation/family/person to save.

Instead of being reactive and letting your fears and doubts control you, practice living proactively, starting with the elevated ethics:

Build. Look at yourself and how you can improve. Help others move past their fears. Focus on how you can take advantage of this instead of your fears.

Serve. What better time to serve than when people are in need! Help your family, help your neighbors. You could participate in #quarantinecheer!

Go first. Don’t be afraid to figure out what needs to be done and do it. Don’t wait for others to start; this is your time. This is for you to do.

Respect. Allow others their fears; don’t force hope on them. Know that they have their life and you have yours. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do.

In Conclusion

So while CoViD19 isn’t necessarily something to ignore, we do not need to doubt. We can, and will get through this. God hasn’t left us alone; he is in our corner, rooting for us. He gives us trials to refine us, not break us.