During this time we “know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” I want to ask, how are you and your family doing with all this? Where are you, what is different in your day to day life right now? Are you okay? Do you have any worries? Is there anything specific you need prayer for?
Here’s my short answer:
I am in Louisiana, United States. I am a single mom and live at home with just my son. We haven’t been out in three weeks. We have a Stay-At-Home order mandated by our governor and schools were closed on March 13 (initially scheduled to open back on April 13, now pushed to April 30 if they decide to continue).
My son had a cold in early March so had continued to have what I attributed as a post nasal drip type cough. Then two weeks ago I woke up with a bad headache and a cough. The headache only lasted two days and I didn’t have a fever, so I do not think it is COVID-19, but I immediately made the decision that I am not going anywhere as I know some people do not show strong symptoms and I do not want to be responsible for spreading something without knowing I have it. Then, while my son seemed to be getting over his other cough, he started coughing consistently again last week, so who knows when we will not have coughs in our household. But anyway, this has kept us in our home for three weeks.
I have strong faith. I know God’s ways are higher and that as people we could try and try to understand things, but there are just some things there’s no point trying to understand. These things are beyond our limited scope of understanding. God’s ways are higher and He sees the whole picture. My life scripture given to me when I was first saved has brought me much peace during difficulties I have underwent in the last almost 6 years of being saved, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will direct your paths.” I lean on that scripture. Through the house-fire, through my sister’s near death and month long hospitalization, through the car wreck, through my grandpa’s death, through my grandma’s stroke, those pains my very small family went through all in one year. My life scripture brought me peace and it brings me peace now. God has been faithful before and He will be now.
With that being said, yes I have some worries. This is a very real situation, hitting so close to home now with people in my own church family suffering loss. I don’t worry about myself, but as a mom I worry for my son. He is happy overall right now. He missed school at first, but now has adapted as if it is summer with homework assignments. I’ve been trying my best to keep him happy and challenged. I have to get creative and introduce new activities as frisbee and ball and biking are fun for a few days but then he needs something else to do. So, we’ve had an assortment of crafts, outdoor bowling, sidewalk chalk, so on, and yesterday I brought out bubbles and croquet.
So, here’s the real worries I push back, the fight that comes against me and I try my best to fight it off with the truths in God’s Word… You see, my son had a bad case of RSV when he was one and he was in the hospital for a week. He had severe pneumonia and as a result of all this, developed asthma and would get pneumonia every time he caught a common cold. He was on asthma medicine daily until 2015. I truly believe that God healed him through prayers people in my church prayed and I give God all glory! He healed my son. With this current situation, I’ve had family members mention my son’s past and I’ve had to halt them saying, “we’re not going to go there; I’m not going to worry like that. I believe he is healed of those issues and he hasn’t had any problems since.” Then I hear about people who also haven’t had issues in years and this virus is reaching back into their past and pulling those issues back up with a force. I’m not going to take to worry though. Those are thoughts I have to take captive and what I can do instead of worry is keep trusting God and keep using the wisdom He has given me and the resources He has blessed me with. I don’t have to go out right now. He has blessed us with ability to be able to order online and though obvioulsy you can’t get things like milk and eggs online, you know what, I can do without for now and make do with what I am blessed to have! Because of God’s faithfulness and my faith I have been able to take these thoughts captive at the moment I think them and nip them, praise God!
We are all going to get through this. I trust God. He is in control.